Trump Blasts Mueller Report Before Release

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Trump and Barr have called for investigations into the origins of probes of his campaign ties to Russian Federation, and the attorney general has promised to issue a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into his findings on that topic.

The plan to release the redacted report on Thursday means that all of Washington will be on edge this week anticipating the almost 400-page report from the special counsel. Two days later, Barr released a four-page letter summarizing what he said were Mueller's primary conclusions.

Democrats also are skeptical of Barr's conclusion because he has always been opposed to the special counsel investigation and was hired by Trump.

A former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official has said special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report could offer enough evidence to allow Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Mueller submitted the document to the attorney general on March 22. Trump tweeted. "Attorney General Barr will make the decision!"

Barr's comment that most of what Mueller probed on obstruction has been publicly reported indicates that events like Trump's firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May 2017 when the agency was heading the Russian Federation inquiry are likely to be the focus of this section of the report.

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The redactions in the report will be colour-coded by category, according to Barr, explaining the reasons that parts are blacked out. Mueller didn't make a determination on the obstruction charges against the president.

"When he [Barr] said in his four-page letter that the government could not establish the existence of a conspiracy-he meant it could not establish it beyond a reasonable doubt", the judicial analyst argued last month, shortly after Barr's summary was released.

Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee that once the redacted version of the report is sent to Congress, he would be "glad to talk to [House Judiciary] Chairman Nadler and [Senate Judiciary] Chairman Graham as to whether they feel they need more information and see if there's a way we could accommodate that".

The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to authorize a subpoena for Mueller's full report and evidence, depending on what Barr turns over.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said.