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Barr to testify before House panel next week on Mueller report

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSenate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions What's happened to Merrick Garland? MORE is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation, the panel announced Thursday.

Barr’s appearance, which is public, will offer lawmakers on the Democratic-led panel to grill him on his handling of Mueller’s final report, as well as the special counsel’s findings on Russian interference and potential obstruction of justice by President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE.

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The attorney general's House testimony, which had been expected, will come one day after he appears before the GOP-chaired Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions on the same topic.

Barr released a redacted version of Mueller’s sprawling 448-page report last Thursday, roughly three weeks after summarizing the special counsel’s principal conclusions in a four-page letter to Congress. Democrats have relentlessly criticized Barr for painting what they see as a biased portrait of Mueller’s findings.

They have demanded he provide Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence to Congress. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSenate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists MORE (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoenaed for those documents on Friday, demanding the Justice Department comply by May 1 — one day before his scheduled testimony.

Mueller did not establish that members of Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian government during the 2016 election and the special counsel also did not come to a conclusion on potential obstruction of justice. Instead, his report analyzes nearly a dozen instances of possible obstruction by Trump and explicitly states that it does not “exonerate” the president.

Barr said in his letter on March 24 that Mueller did not make a decision on obstruction but that Barr and Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE judged the evidence to be insufficient to accuse the president of an obstruction of justice offense.

The attorney general defended Trump in remarks at the Justice Department before releasing the Mueller report last week, saying the president faced an “unprecedented situation” and was “fully” cooperative with Mueller’s investigation.

House Democrats have also sought testimony from others as they seek to probe the details of the special counsel’s report, including Mueller himself and former White House counsel Don McGahn. The White House has sought to block McGahn's testimony.