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good morning. thursday, april 18th. >> hopefully the champagne will be flowing soon, right, we're all jealous. we'll have more on pinterest in just a moment. first we want to talk about the weather. a gorgeous day ahead and here is a sneak peek from our mt. tam cam. let's check in with mike nicco. forming up the coast, shooting through the san bernardino gap with a bit of an onshore breeze. winds are starting to show that push to the offshore. look at how much sunshine we're seeing on sutro tower. less fog than yesterday. look at this, 68 to 74 from the coast. those temperatures are at average if not a degree or two above.
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those continue, the 70s do, through the evening hours. sue? >> take a look at your county commute. the taillights headed sbld. looking good with about a 14-minute drive. you do have a slight delay for cash paying folks. they're moving pretty nicely. emergency repair work has been picked up. we're typically slow across the bridge. on b.a.r.t. ace train number one coming in five minutes late from fremont. it is a big day for bay area tech companies. not one but two are going public. >> pinterest is setting prices at $19 per share giving them a
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$12.7 billion valuation. jobina fortson live for us outside headquarters in san francisco. jobina, have you seen folks out there? >> reporter: oh, yes, people are flowing in the building with a little extra pep in their step. there's a huge sense of pride for what the team has been able to accomplish. all of their bay area employees were invited to watch the bell ring. company started in a tiny home and now is a fast growing but still money losing company. a revenue of $756 million last year and lost about $63 million which according to experts isn't too bad compared to its peers. >> pinterest is losing less money than people like lyft or uber.
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pinterest lost less than 100 last year and less than the year before. they're growing and pairing back losses. >> reporter: pinterest shares will start trading on the new york stock exchange under the ticker symbol p.i.n.s. reporting live in san francisco, jobina fortson, abc 7 news. it's a big day for san jose based zoom. the videoconferencing provider is set to go public today and plans to list shares on the nasdaq under the ticker symbol zm. it's considered a tech unicorn because it's actually profitable at $36 per share, zoom could be worth $9 billion in its public market debut today. all eyes on washington. attorney general william barr is expected to hand over to congress a redacted version of the mueller report. but before the report is
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released, he'll hold a news conference in half an hour. we'll bring it to you live in an abc news special report. barr is expected to talk executive privilege and whether it was involved in the investigation. he'll detail white house interactions with the justice department over the past several weeks and talk about the redaction process. speaker pelosi is demanding mueller testify before congress. she sent out these tweets this morning saying, quote, attorney general barr's partisan behavior has triggered a crisis was independence and impartiality. the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the special counsel's investigation is for special counsel mueller himself to provide public testimony in the house and senate as soon as possible. the former press secretary for the trump administration just paid a visit to uc berkeley. >> shawn spicer spoke to this crowd in evans hall. spicer looked back at the 2016 election and talked about how the trump campaign was able to overcome scrutiny from the
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media. he said he hopes for less hostile political discourse in the future. >> we can disagree. we don't have to be mean about it. >> the berkeley college republicans sponsored the event. in the past conservative speakers sparked protests but there were none last night. san francisco remembering the anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake and fire. >> it happened 113 years ago. reporter amy hollyfield is live in downtown san francisco with this morning's colorful ceremony. >> we are at 20th and church. this is known as little giant. they say this fire hydrant was pumping water and saved the day, saved the mission district after the quake hit.
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this is the second stop of this morning's festivities. the first was at lotta's fountain where they paused to remember the moment the quake hit at 5:12 in the morning. they meet at lotta's fountain every year. that is where loved ones would gather after the quake to find each other and reconnect. a 7.9 magnitude. fires burned in the city for days afterwards and up to 3,000 people died. they celebrate here every year because of how the city recovered. >> this is living history that we commemorate every year. the defining moment in our city's history, who wouldn't want to be here for that? i wish we had more people here. >> reporter: as they give this hydrant a fresh coat of paint,
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they encourage you to ask yourself on this day every year, are you ready to save yourself and loved ones? the city will be testing its alert system at 11:00 this morning. they encourage to you test yourself, to see if your supplies are up to date and ready to go. reporting live, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. a good reminder. we have tips on our website, abc7news.com. new this morning a surprising admission from facebook. how the company may have uploaded your personal contacts without your permission. plus, the mother suing a water park claiming her son died from a rare brain-eating amoeba. let's open up the weather window from tam and you can see the colors showing up but not much fog. temperatures from 8 to 15 degrees warmer than average. the warmest this year so far.
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still need the jacket though this afternoon will be the warmest this year. 53 in mt. view. mid-40s in the north bay. a lot of upper 40s to low 50s
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until you get to alameda. some of the fog trying to make it across the golden gate. our beaches, our bay out full or this afternoon thanks to the light offshore breeze. our burn time is less than 15 minutes, very high. 70 at noon, near 80 by 3:00 and down to 70. the east bay 70 at noon. mid to upper 70s this afternoon. we have a quick weather whiplash. temperatures 10 to 20 degrees coler by saturday. here is sue. >> a look at our overall traffic maps. some slow traffic out of the central valley typical for this tomb of morning. metering lights are on.
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just about 40 minutes or so to get to just under 40 minutes from hercules all the way in to san francisco. that bay bridge backup of 20 minutes behind the metering lights. an earlier stall on the span that's been cleared. your ride to sfo is good. a bit of a delay for b.a.r.t. ten minutes recovering from an equipment problem. ace train number 1 eight minutes behind getting into great america. no problems with caltrain up and down the peninsula. thank you, sue. new this morning ralph lauren release as new version of its iconic polo shirt. you'll never guess what it's made from. also, the ♪ before i head ♪ it's what i'm lookin' for ♪ today's the daisy i see
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taking you live now to washington, a picture inside of the department of justice and you can see the podium where attorney general william barr will speak in just about 15 minutes. barr is speaking ahead of the release of the redacted version of the mueller report. when barr starts speaking we will bring you his remarks in an abc news special report f. you're just about to head out the door you can always stream barr's news conference on abc7news.com and the abc 7 news app. pittsburg police are trying to track down a woman they consider armed and dangerous. police releaased this photo. officers responded to a report
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of shots fired in a neighborhood early sunday. they found multiple shell casings when they arrived. investigators believe she fired those shots. a mother is suing a texas water park after her adult son diedin amoeba. he visited the surf park in waco last fall. while surfing he was infected by the amoeba which thrives in warm water. he died nearly two weeks later. his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking over $1 million in damages. the park says it did nothing wrong. >> we were told the amoeba was not in the surf facility where he was surfing at. we were doing everything we were supposed to do by law. park reor installing a new filtration system. coming up on "gma" dr. jennifer ashton explains where else this brain at 7:00 after abc 7
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mornings. new this morning, polo rauf shirt only this one made out of plastic bottles. check it out. it is made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. the shirts are about $90. they're produced in partnership with first mile, the organization collects the bottles, turns them into yarn and ultimately fabric. they say it takes about 12 bottles to make each polo. isn't that cool? >> it is. it sounds so silly. i thought it was going to be much more plastic looking. like a stiff material. it looks like it's pretty soft. >> it's just the fibers are made of plastic. >> wow. incredible. >> i used to love wearingthis w
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incent nethink it's sweld o..uly wa way to go, ralph. you're looking at a 14-minute drive from the toll plaza over to the high rise and into foster city. a few brake lights. southbound 680 looking at north main street and about a ten-minute drive from concord and another 15 to the caldecott tunnel. we have a slight b.a.r.t. delay. ace train number one is still running about eight minutes late heading to great america. muni, no delays there. looking good. taking a look at the winds because they're going to be the big story and they're starting to turn offshore just about everywhere. the golden gate bridge, you can see the fog trying to sneak
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across and it runs into that offshore breeze and falls apart. the peninsula coast, you'll see a little bit of fog this morning. you'll have warm sunshine, also, potentially the warmest day this year. cooler onshore breeze takes over tomorrow. it touches all of us saturday. a brisk, cool day. it gets even hotter next week. san jose 82 degrees. the boardwalk, sunshine and 79. low 80s. mid to upper 70s elsewhere. a few upper 70s around downtown. low to mid-80s elsewhere. richmond, 77. 82 in fremont.
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a look at what will happen up in tahoe real quick if we can. you can see more melting. back to average sunday. there's no snow in this forecast. 50s and 60s saturday. 70s return sunday. here's sue with a look at the toyota tahoe report. >> the final one of the season. springlike conditions up there if you're trying to sneak up for easter weekend. can you believe the snow still there? a nice drive if you're heading up to squaw, alpine. no chain requirements at all in any of the sierra freeways and looking good average of three hours and 20 minutes. we'll take a look at sugar bowl. it's a little close fer you're traveling on 80.
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it's springlike conditions so by about noon you're looking at some slushy conditions. getting up there, clear, smooth sailing. happy easter.ion from facebook
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trees are still producing pollen and it will continue through the weekend. if you're going to be spending time outside whether it's today with our warmest day of the year or that cool, crisp day saturday, that's the reason you'll be sneezing. the southern california couple who pleaded guilty to imprisoning and core touring their own children heading back to court. the 911 call from their 17-year-old daughter to authorities for the very first time. >> i live in a family of 16 people. and my two little sisters right now are chained up. >> and how many of your siblings
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are tied up? >> two of my sisters, one of my brothers. >> how are they tied up, with rope or with what? >> with chains. they're chained up to their bed. >> and you can hear much more from the chilling 911 call on "good morning moeshg coming up at 7:00 a.m. right here on abc 7. a community is rallying around a brentwood family fighting to keep their father in the u.s. >> he lost his case and faces deportation to pakistan. he was taken into i.c.e. custody more than two months ago. the family received a lot of support from the community but the threat of deportation is weighing heavily on his kids. >> i try to keep up with my grades and do whatever i can to make him proud because he came here four our education and for us to succeed. >> he has exhausted his appeals
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newacebook says it, quote, unintentionally uploaded the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent. according to business insider it happened to facebook useers who created accounts after april 2016. they plan to notify affected users in the coming days and delete their contacts from its systems. next at 6:30, bay area tech companies go public. we'll go live to new york city for the opening bell. plus, the countdown to the mueller report. we want to show you a live look at the podium, if we have that. regardless attorney general william barr expected to speak just moments from now. abc news will air a special report on his statement live right here on abc 7. if you are heading out the door, you can wa
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on the nasdaq san jose-based videoconferencing company zoom is going to set to begin trading there. and now a live look at washington, d.c. we are standing by this morning for attorney general barr about to hold a news conference on the mueller report, that much-anticipated report will be released to congress between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. this morning on cds. barr is expected to speak any minute now. abc will air a special report as soon as he begins. we'll get that to you as soon as it happens. good morning. it's thursday, april 18th. a lot happening in the news. first, though, let's check our weather with mike. a special day weatherwise. the hottest day for a lot of us. the fog, half moon bay down to less than a quarter of a mile. very dangerous if you're driving along the peninsula. that will continue the next several hours. you can see it's having a hard time moving to the east as the offshore breeze is picking up over the bay and our inland neighborhoods.
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we're right around 50 at 7:00 this morning. that's pretty close to average and then look at the temperatures soar away from the coast into the 80s by 4:00 and still comfortable this evening, mid-70s. sue? a look at emeryville. it's looking pretty good. so far so good with a few gaps between the headlights. then you're backed up for a delay at the end of the line. we take a look overall, you see slowing up over the altamont pass and ace train would be a great way to avoid that. it is running late but is heading to san jose. highway 4 almost 30 minutes from antioch into concord. >> thank you, sue. it's official, another bay area tech company officially public this morning.
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it's pinterest. you saw them. makes the company $12.7 billion. jobina fortson is live outside headquarters. >> reporter: people were bringing in their own baby bells to ring inside the building and the energy was high until just after 6:00 a.m. when the headquarters here was at capacity -- >> we do want to interrupt, jobina. we have that special report, the attorney general about to speak. good morning, we are on the air because the attorney general of the united states, william barr, is about to hold a press conference ahead of the release of special counsel robert mueller's report on president trump and russian interference in the 2016 election. that will come later this morning when it will be sent to congress. first we are going to hear from the attorney general william barr on the process he's gone
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through in redacting this mueller report. to our chief correspondent who is there in our newsroom where our teams of reporters will be reading the report during the day. what do we expect to hear first from the attorney general? >> the attorney general will go over three things, whether or not executive privilege was asserted to remove any information, redact any information in the report. as of yesterday we were told the answer is no. secondly, he is going to talk about any conversations the justice department has had with the white house about the substance of the report. as we first reported here on abc, there have been conversations described to me as broad brush strokes, descriptions of the report. the interesting thing will be whether or not anything over the last several hours has happened, has the white house received a further briefing on the details of the report. and finally, george, he will explain the redaction process, what he blocked out of this report and why. >> we will know it soon enough.
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our senior congressional correspondent, democrats already outraged by the fact of this press conference alone. house speaker nancy pelosi s >> reporter: the press is being briefed on this before they, themselves, have had a chance to read this and here is the attorney general. >> good morning, everybody, and thanks for being here this morning. on march 22nd, special counsel robert mueller concluded his investigation into matters related to russian attempts to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. and he submitted his confidential report to me pursuant to department regulations. as i said during my senate confirmation hearing and since,
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i'm committed to ensuring the greatest degree possible of transparency concerning the special consistent with the law. at 11:00 this morning i will transmit copies of the public version of the special counsel's report to the chairman and ranking members of the senate and house judiciary committees. the department of justice will also make the report available to the american people by posting it on the department's website after it has been delivered to congress. i'd like to make a few comments today on the report. before i do that i want to thank deputy attorney general rod rosenstein for joining me here today and for his assistance and counsel throughout this process. rod, as you know, has served at the department for nearly 30 years with dedication and distinction, and it's been a
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great privilege and pleasure for me to work with him since my confirmation. he had well-deserved plans to step back from public service that were interrupted by my asking him to help in my transition. rod has been an invaluable partner and i am grateful he is willing to help me and has been able to see the special counsel's investigation through to its conclusion. thanks, rod. >> thank you. >> i'd also like to thank special counsel robert mueller for his service and the thoroughness of his investigation, particularly his work exposing the nature of russia's attempts to interfere in our electoral process. as you know one of the primary purposes of the investigation was to determine whether president trump's campaign or any individual associated with it conir coordinated with
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the russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. volume one of the special counsel's report describes the results of that investigation. as you will see the special counsel's report states that his, quote, investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities. i am sure that all americans share my concern about the efforts to interfere in our presidential election. as the report makes clear, the russian government sought to interfere in our election process. thanks to the special counsel's thorough investigation we now know the russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of president trump or the trump campaign or the knowing
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assistance of any other american, for that matter. that is something all americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed. the report outlines two main efforts to influence the 2016 election. first, the report details efforts by the internet research agency, a russian company with close ties to the russian government, to sow social discord among american voters through disinformation and social media operations. following a thorough investigation of this disinformation campaign, the special counsel brought charges in federal court against several russian nationals and entities for their respective roles in this scheme. those charges remain pending and the individual defendants remain at-large. the special counsel found no evidence that any american
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including anyone associated with the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government or the i.r.a. in this illegal scheme. indeed, quote, the investigation did not identify evidence that any u.s. person knowingly or intentionally coordinated with the i.r.a.'s interference operation, unquote. put another way the special counsel found no collusion by any americans in i.r.a.'s illegal activities. second, the report details efforts by the russian military officials associated with the gru, the russian military intelligence organization, to hack into computers and steal documents and emails from individuals associated with the democratic party and hillary clinton's campaign for the purpose of eventually publicizing these documents. obtaining such unauthorize d --
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following a thorough investigation of these hacking operations, the special counsel brought charges according to sevral russian military officers for their respective roles in these illegal hacking operations. those charges are still pending and the defendants remain at-large. but, again, the special counsel's report did not find any evidence that members of the trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in these hacking operations. there was no evidence of the trump campaign collusion with the russian government's hacking. also examined russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet. the special counsel found that after the gru disseminated some
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of the stolen documents that it controlled leaks, the gru transferred some of the stolen materials to wikileaks for publication. then made a series of document dumps. they investigated whether any member or affiliate of the trump campaign encouraged or otherwise played a role in these dissemination efforts. under applicable law, publication of these types of material would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the hacking conspiracy. here is to the special counsel's report did not find any person associated with the trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials. finally the special counsel investigated a number of links or contacts between the trump
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campaign officials and individuals connected with the russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. after reviewing these contacts the special counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate u.s. law involving russian-linked persons and any persons associated with the trump campaign. so that's the bottom line. after nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the trump campaign or other americans colluded in those efforts. after find nothing underlying collusion with russia, the special counsel's report goes on to consider whether certain, as of the president could amount to
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obstruction of the special counsel's investigation. as i addressed in my march 24th letter, the special counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation. instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting those activities to the elements of an obstruction offense. after carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report and in consultation with the office of legal counsel and other department lawyers the deputy attorney general and i concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction ofus ofns although the deputygene i disag some specounsel's legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a mat earp of law, we did not
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rely solely on that in making our decision. instead we accepted the special counsel's legal framework for purposes of our analysis and evaluated the evidence in reaching our conclusions. in assessing the president's actions in the report, president trump faced an unprecedented situation. as he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president federal agents and prosecutor were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates. at the same time there was relentless speculation about the president's personal culpability. yet as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion. as the special counsel's report acknowledges there is substantial evidence to show the president was frustrated and
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angered by his sincere belief the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks. nonetheless they provided access to campaign and white house documents, directing senior aides to testify freely and asserting no privilege claims. at the same time the president took no act that deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation. apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of noncorrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the president had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation. before i take questions, i want to address a few aspects of the process for producing the public report that i am releasing today.
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as i said several times the report contains limited redactions related to four categories of information. to ensure transparency, those redactions have been labelled to show which redactions correspond to which categories. as i recall those categories are grand jury material, information that the ic believes would disclose sources and methods. information that would impair the investigation and prosecution of other cases that are under way. and, finally, information that implicates the privacy and peripheral third parties. most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent
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harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing on on going investigations and criminal cases such as the i.r.a. case and the roger stone case. these redactions were applied by department of justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the special counsel's office as well as the intelligence community and prosecutors are handling the ongoing cases. the redactions are their work product. no redactions done by anybody outside this group, there were no redactions done by anybody outside this group. no one outside this group proposed any redactions, and no one outside the department has seen the unredacted report with the exception of certain sections that were made available to ic, the intelligence community, for
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their advice on protecting intelligence sources and methods. consistent with long-standing executive branch practice, the decision whether to assert executive privilege over any portion of the report rested with the president of the united states. because the white house voluntarily cooperated with the special counsel, significant portions of the report contain material over which the president could have asserted privilege. and he would have been well within his rights to do so. following my march 29th letter the office of the white house counsel requested the opportunity to review the redacted version of the report in order to advise the president on the potential invocation of privilege. following that review the president confirmed that in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the american people he would not assert
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privilege over the report. accordingly the public report i am releasing today contains redactions only for the four categories that i previously outlined and no material has been redacted based on executive privilege. in addition, earlier this week the president a's personal counl was given a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released. that request was consistent with the practice followed under the ethics in government act which allows individuals named in a report the opportunity to read the report before publication. the president's personal lawyers were not permitted to make and did not request any redactions. in addition to making the redacted report public, we are also working with congress on their oversight interests.
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we have been consulting with chairman graham and nadler through this process and we will continue to do so. given the limited nature of the redactions i believe the publicly released report will allow every american to understand the results of the special counsel's investigation. nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available subject to appropriate safeguards to a bipartisan group of leaders from several congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand jury information. thus, these members of congress will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves with the limited exception of that which by law cannot be shared. i believe this accommodation together with my upcoming testimony will satisfy any need congress has for information
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regarding the investigation. i'd like to thank you for being here. he will take a few questions. >> mr. attorney general, we don't have the report in hand so could you explain for us the articulated reason for not reaching a decision on obstruction of justice and if it had anything to do with the long-standing not indicting a sitting president. what did you disagree with him on? >> i leave it to his description in the roaeport, the special counsel's own articulation why he did not want to make a determination whether or not there was an obstruction offense. when we met with him, rosenstein and i met with him along with ed
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o'callaghan on march 5th, we asked him about the olc opinion and whether or not he was taking the position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the olc opinion. he made it very clear that was not his position. he was not saying that but for the olc opinion he would have found a crime. he made it clear he had not made the determination. >> what did you disagree with him on? >> why did you feel you had to take it to the next step to conclude there was no crime given that doj policy? >> the very prosecutorial function, including the power to convene grand juries and the compulsory process that's involved there, is for one
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purpose and one purpose only. it's to determine yes or no, was alleged conduct criminal or not criminal? that is our responsibility and that's why we have the tools we have and we don't go through this process just to collect information and throw it out to the public. we collect this information, we use the compulsory process for the purpose of making that decision and because the special counsel did not make that decision, we felt the department had to and that was a decision by me and the deputy attorney general. yes? >> the special counsel indicates that he wanted to you make the decision or that it should be left for congress? and, also, how do you respond to criticism you're receiving from congressional democrats you're acting more as an attorney for the president rather than as the chief law enforcement officer?
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>> special counsel mueller did not indicate that his purpose was to leave the decision to congress. i hope that was not his view since we don't convene grand juries and conduct investigations for that purpose. he did not -- i did not talk to him directly about the fact that we were making the decision, but i am told that his reaction to that was that it was my prerogative as attorney general to make that decision. >> is there anything you can share today about your review of the genesis of the russia investigation and whether assets had been provided to investigate? >> no, today i'm focused just on the process of releasing this report. >> democrats in congress have asked for robert mueller himself to testify. robert mueller remains a justice department employee as of this moment. will you permit him to testify publicly to congress? >> i have no objection to bob mueller personally testifying.
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>> democrats have questions on the process here a. republican appointed judge on tuesday said you have, quote, created an environment that has caused a significant part of the american public to be concerned about these redactions. do you clear the president on obstruction, the president is fund-raising off your comments about spying, and here you have remarks that are quite generous to the president including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. what do you say to people who are concerned you are trying to protect the president? >> actually the statements about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report that there was substantial evidence for that. so i'm not sure what your basis is for saying that i am being generous to the president. >> unprecedented situation, it seems you are going out of your way to acknowledge -- >> is there another precedent for it? >> no. >> so unprecedented is an accurate description, isn't it? >> yes. >> eric? >> there's a lot of public interest in the absence of the
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special counsel and members of this team. was he invited to join you up on the podium, this is his report. >> he did for me as the attorney general. he is required under the regulation to provide me with a confidential report. i'm here to discuss my response to that report and my decision entirely discretionary to make it public since they're not supposed to be made public. that's what i'm here. >> isn't it impropriety to spinning the report before the public gets a chance to read it? >> thank you very much. >> well, there you have it right there. attorney general william barr just finishing his press conference laying out his interpretation of the conclusions of special counsel robert mueller's report. the process he went through but also laying out, again, his
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conclusions, and you saw him facing questions raised by democrats this puts his impartiality into question. i want to start out with dan abrams right here. pretty ex trerd at the start how william bar, again, summarized what he thought the conclusions of robert mueller's report are even though we haven't heard from robert mueller himself. >> and again and again and again repeating this notion there wasn't -- what the evidence didn't show. the evidence didn't show collusion and basically he would take the legal term conspiracy and then say so what this really means is there's no conclusion. that's where he gets into dangerous territory. you can say robert mueller's report found there was no conspiracy with the russians to interfere in the election. when you then start summarizing what that means, you're now going to a different level. i think that's the danger.
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you heard that reporter about whether he was talking about his emotions and his feelings. he talked about the context. let's put this into context. why is the attorney general putting it into the context? >> the phrase the president was facing an unprecedented situation. of course several presidents have been investigated in the past. i want to hold on because pierre thomas is in the room. it seemed tense, pierre. >> reporter: the attorney general sought to lay out orally what he had said in that letter he wrote several weeks ago. i was struck by the fact he talked about the fact there was, in fact, an attack by the russians. he tried to make that clear, that it wasn't a witch-hunt though he did not use those words. as you said he put forth a very spirited explanation. his interpretation of what
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mueller found and he sought to make it very clear that there was no collusion and he wanted that presented and basically hearing complaints he was operate to go protect the president. he was basically saying this is what was found and you'll soon see it for yourself. >> and, thank you, pierre. our chief national correspondent is here. he laid out his conclusions of robert mueller's conclusions on obstruction. there was more daylight between robert mueller and the attorney general than there may have been on the question of collusion. >> robert mueller was not going to take a position whether or not the evidence he gathered could amount to obstruction of constituent by president trump and bill bar decided to step into that bridge and read the evidence through his lens, the lens he strayed with us almost like a lawyer making a closing argument. that's worth pointing out. here is this matter that concerns the confidence of the country and the president that has belonged up until now to the
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lawyers. to the investigators and the lawyers and the president's lawyer. toda today it belongs to the citizens. this sounded like an effort ton >> one of the big questions kate shaw is whether or not robert mueller intended the evidence he instructed on obstruction to go to the congress without a decision by the attorney general. >> right. it's not clear what special counsel mueller intended barr to do. he didn't say i'm passing the ball to you. you make a determination. it seems like the evidence is allowed to speak for itself. there were ten possible acts by the president that the attorney general referenced that are considered as constituting obstruction of justice. no decision gets made. attorney general barr steps in and says as a legal matter these acts don't constitute obstruction of justice. we saw this needing to be understood within the lens of

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