Klobuchar pressures Barr, Mueller for more information on special counsel's findings

Klobuchar pressures Barr, Mueller for more information on special counsel's findings
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair Senate Democrats look to fix ugly polling numbers MORE (D-Minn.) is pressing both Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMichael Cohen officially released from prison sentence Incoming NAACP Legal Defense Fund president sees progress against 'revitalized mission to advance white supremacy' Fox's Bartiromo called Bill Barr 'screaming' about election fraud: book MORE and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE for more information about the report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“We need more information from both Special Counsel Mueller and Attorney General Barr following last week’s Senate hearing and the release of the Special Counsel’s report,” Klobuchar, a 2020 presidential candidate, said in a statement. 

“The Attorney General’s mischaracterizations of the redacted report’s findings have raised more questions than they have answered. The American people deserve a Justice Department that is committed to the impartial administration of justice and I will continue to press for answers on their behalf,” she noted.

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In her letter to Mueller, Klobuchar requested further information on his interactions with Barr after the special counsel sent his report to the Department of Justice. 

The request comes after Mueller wrote a letter to Barr on March 27 expressing concerns about the attorney general's four-page summary of the report. The Justice Department eventually released a redacted version of the full report. 

Klobuchar submitted a number of questions, including whether Mueller agreed with Barr’s characterization of the report and the conduct of former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE and former White House counsel Don McGahn during the course of the investigation. 

The senator also made public questions she had sent to Barr, including about whether the special counsel had reviewed President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE’s tax returns and Trump Organization’s financial statements, and whether Barr believed the findings of the report constituted evidence that Trump obstructed justice during the investigation. 

Russian cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential election were also a focus of Klobuchar’s questions to Barr.

Klobuchar asked whether the Justice Department had notified all the voting technology companies that were targeted by Russia in 2016, and what steps were being taken by the Justice Department to prevent this type of attack on election infrastructure during future elections. 

Additionally, Klobuchar asked Barr about the 3,500 Facebook advertisements purchased by the Russian Internet Research Agency in 2016, and what steps the Justice Department is taking to ensure this does not happen again.

Klobuchar, along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) and Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFive Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future MORE (D-Va.), reintroduced the Honest Ads Act on Wednesday. The bill is intended to mitigate foreign threats to U.S. elections by increasing the transparency of political advertisements on social media platforms.