Ex-federal prosecutor says it's 'unrealistic' for Barr to promise final Mueller report's release

Former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno on Wednesday said that it would be unrealistic for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's attorney general nominee William Barr to pledge to release special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's final report on the Russia probe.

"It would be unrealistic for him to make this pledge," Moreno said to Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti in an appearance on "Rising." 

Discussing Barr's answers from day one of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Moreno said that he thought it would be unrealistic for the nominee to make assurances of much more than being committed to "transparency."

"I think he did everything he could, which [he] said look, I am committed to transparency. The American people deserve to know after nearly two years and $20 million what this investigation has produced, and I'm not going to be the one to sit on it," Moreno said of Barr. "I don't know how much further he can go than that, and I think it's unrealistic to ask him to do so."

Barr on Tuesday did not commit to releasing Mueller's full report during his hearing, saying that he would commit "to providing as much information as I can, consistent with the regulations.”

Moreno said that Barr was able to successfully tell the committee what they needed to know about how he would handle the investigation.

"I think that there were two points that Bill Barr had to get across, and he did it right out of the gate," he said. "One is that I will let the investigation run to completion. I will not interfere with it."

"Two is I will do what I can to make sure that the special counsel's conclusions see the light of day," he continued. 

— Julia Manchester