Some members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team reportedly said Attorney General William Barr left key details and information out of his summary regarding the Russia report that painted a more damaging picture of President Donald Trump than what has been made public, according to a new report.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that some of the people who worked with Mueller — a team that included 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents, and other people in support roles — have told associates that Barr's initial summary clearing Trump of wrongdoing was not complete enough.
The Times cited government officials and other people who are familiar with the matter.
The concerns surround Barr's initial four-page letter, which he released on March 24, that said neither Trump nor his campaign conspired with Russia to win the 2016 campaign. Mueller did not come to a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, so Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein examined Mueller's original report — which is said to contain classified information and grand jury testimony — and concluded there is not enough evidence to say Trump obstructed.
The sources who spoke with the Times said Mueller's investigators think public opinion of the Russia investigation will be largely based on Barr's brief summary, which they said did not accurately reflect Mueller's conclusions.
Barr is working to declassify and redact the Mueller report, which currently stands at 400 pages, and promised to deliver a scrubbed copy to lawmakers by the middle of April. Democrats are calling for the Department of Justice to release the full report as is, along with the evidence collected during the two-year investigation.
Barr has the authority to determine how much of the report is made public.
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