1. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, U.S. Attorney General:
"We learned a lot today and it's a very important part of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system doesn't end, the process doesn't end when we get a conviction and send someone to prison."
2. Various of prison in Edgefield
3. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, U.S. Attorney General:
"(Reporter: President Trump recently said you're looking into different options when it comes to adding the citizenship question onto the census, have you looked into those and is an executive order possible in this case?) Yes. You know, we've been considering all the options and I've been in constant discussions with the President ever since the Supreme Court decision came down. And I think over the next day or two you'll see what approach we're taking. And I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census."
4. Close of DOJ logo on rug
5. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, U.S. Attorney General:
"And you know, I said all along that I would not object to Bob going up to testify. But after I said that, he indicated he was not interested in testifying. And he held a press conference and issued a press statement making it clear that his testimony really was the report itself and he wasn't going to go beyond the report so I'm disappointed to see him subpoenaed because I don't think that serves any purpose dragging Bob Mueller up, if in fact he is going to stick to the report. It seems to me the only reason for doing that is to create some type of public spectacle and if Bob decides he doesn't want to be subject to that then the Department of Justice would certainly back him."
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday accused Democrats of trying to create a "public spectacle" by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation.
In a press briefing outside a prison in Edgefield, South Carolina, Barr said the Justice Department would support Mueller if he decides he "doesn't want to subject himself" to congressional testimony.
Barr also said the Justice Department would seek to block any attempt by Congress to subpoena members of the special counsel's team.
There's no indication that Mueller does not wish to appear before Congress on July 17.
But he put lawmakers on notice that any testimony he gives will not go beyond his 448-page report that was released in April.
At a news conference in May, Mueller said the team chose the words in the report carefully and that the work speaks for itself.
"I don't think that serves any purpose dragging Bob Mueller up, if in fact he is going to stick to the report," said Barr.
Mueller no longer works for the Justice Department, but the department could attempt to limit his testimony about decisions he made as special counsel.
Barr spoke to the AP Monday in South Carolina, where he visited a prison to discuss the criminal justice reform Trump signed into law last year.