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Attorney General Bill Barr said in a House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that he will be in a position to release special counsel Robert Mueller's report "within a week" and that it will be color-coded and contain explanatory notes for redactions.

Details: Barr said Mueller is currently working with the Justice Department to identify information that falls into the 4 categories he has determined should be redacted. Barr also said that he offered Mueller the opportunity to review his 4-page letter on March 24 summarizing the "principal conclusions" of the report, but that Mueller declined. When asked whether he had briefed the White House on the report at any point, Barr declined to answer: "I’ve said what I’m going to say about the report today."

  • Pressed on how he could have summarized Mueller's 400-page report just 48 hours after he received it, Barr said: "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people at the Department of Justice prior to his submission of the report. He and his people had been interacting with the deputy attorney in his supervision of the special counsel's office."
  • Asked about reports that the Mueller team was dissatisfied with the 4-page letter, Barr said: "I suspect that they wanted more put out, but in my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries."

Barr also confirmed that Congress would not receive an unredacted version of the report at first, but that he's "glad to talk to chairman Nadler and chairman Graham as to whether they feel they need more information and see if there’s a way we could accommodate that."

  • Barr said that he doesn't believe he has the latitude to release grand jury material related to the Mueller report and that he doesn't intend to ask a judge to unseal it. He added, however, that House Judiciary chairman Nadler can ask if he wants.

Go deeper: House Judiciary Committee authorizes subpoena for full Mueller report

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Don McGahn agrees to closed-door interview with House panel on Russia report

Former White House counsel Don McGahn during a discussion at the NYU Global Academic Center in Washington, D.C., in 2019. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former White House counsel Don McGahn agreed Wednesday to speak with the House Judiciary Committee about the Russia investigation that led to the impeachment trial of former President Trump — with certain conditions, per a court filing.

Why it matters: The agreement ends a two-year standoff after McGahn, a key player in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, repeatedly refused to agree to a subpoena for testimony — resulting in the matter being taken to court.

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Over 70 dead in worst bombardments between Israel and Hamas for years

Smoke and flames rise after Israeli fighter jets conducted airstrikes in Gaza on May 13, 2021. Israeli forces said on May 12 they had killed a senior Hamas commander and bombed several buildings. Gaza's health ministry has said children are among the dead. Photo: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

At least 67 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in fighting between Israel's military and Hamas since Monday, per Reuters.

The big picture: The worst aerial exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014 come days after escalating violence in Jerusalem that injured hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers during protests over the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes.

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The COVID-19 pandemic was a "preventable disaster" that exposed weak links "at every point" of the preparedness process, according to a World Health Organization-commissioned report published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response criticized governments worldwide for being unprepared for the pandemic despite the prevalence of past "global health threats," such as Ebola, Zika, and SARS outbreaks.