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Some good news, other than Barr's stellar performance, is that Barr is investigating the origin of the entire Trump-RUSSIA travesty.

In his first public remarks since declaring President Donald Trump cleared of conspiracy to collude with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice, Mr Barr said his office was still editing out sensitive materials in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report.

Mr Barr's March 24 four-page summary raised as many questions as it resolved.

While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to swiftly define the conversation, according to six White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then concluded that there was insufficient evidence for an obstruction crime.

"I think attempts to hide swaths of the report from public scrutiny along the way will only fuel suspicions that have been raised by many that the Justice Department, which represents the United States, is playing the role of President Trump's defense team", said Sen.

The timeline mentioned by Barr at a Senate hearing on his department's budget is a tweak from comments he made a day earlier.

Barr said his authority came from the regulation that sets up the Special Counsel, which provides for the Special Counsel report to go to him, and for him to decide what to release, consistent with longstanding DOJ policy. Trump is clearly beginning to realize that, even if Barr can redact tons of damaging information, he can't invent material that wasn't actually there to begin with. Democrats have said they won't accept redactions and will fight to get the full report.

On Aug. 29, 1991, William Barr had a decision to make.

LUCAS: Right. So during the hearing today, Democrats - they did raise concerns about how these redactions are being handled and how sweeping these redactions could be.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey (D-NY) on Tuesday called Barr's handling of Mueller's report "unacceptable".

Others have said Barr made the right decision on the obstruction question, noting that it is hard to prove that Trump committed criminal obstruction if Mueller did not find that he destroyed evidence or directly interfered with the investigation - even though he assailed the inquiry as a "witch hunt" and called the investigators partisan zealots.

The launch coincided with Attorney General William P. Barr appearing before a House committee, where he was peppered with questions about the release of Mr. Mueller's report on the Russian Federation probe.

Trump's inner circle knows there will likely be further releases of embarrassing or politically damaging information.

AG William Barr testifies before U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee.

He added, he is also looking into "conduct of the investigation", and said the inspector general is investigating the FISA process.

Barr told senators on Wednesday that he believed the Trump campaign had been spied on, but "the question is whether it was adequately predicated".

With a tinge of sarcasm in her voice, Lowey called it "extraordinary" that Barr was able to "evaluate hundreds of pages of evidence, legal documents, and findings based on a 22-month-long inquiry and make definitive legal conclusions in less than 48 hours".

Speaking on the initial release of the report, Trump announced that it "could not have been better". The president did not name them but has previously blamed Justice Department officials and former FBI Director James Comey.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr told a House panel on Tuesday. Despite that declaration, the president has repeatedly tweeted about the report in recent days.