Mueller Investigators Say Report More Damaging than Barr Summary Indicates


The justice department ignored that deadline, with Barr telling committee chairmen in a letter last week that a redacted version of the full 300-page report would be released by mid-April, "if not sooner".

Kupec said the report couldn't be released publicly because "every page" was marked "May Contain Material Protected Under Fed".

"A summarizing statement from an attorney general demonstrably hostile to the special counsel investigation-written without consulting Mueller-is not sufficient in any way, especially when the administration's public messaging about the report exonerating Trump seems to directly contradict the text of Barr's letter", said Baker.

Kupec said the department is continuing to work with the special counsel on "appropriate redactions to the report so that it can be released to Congress and the public".

Barr released his summary of Mueller's findings on March 24.

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to give Mr. Nadler, New York Democrat, the power to subpoena special counsel Mr. Mueller's report.

Barr further concluded there was insufficient cause to find that Trump obstructed justice in the case by firing former FBI Director James Comey, among other things.

"We are entitled to that information and we need that information", Nadler told reporters on Thursday.

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It was also not clear how widespread among Mueller's team, which included dozens of lawyers and investigators, are concerns about differences between Barr's summary and Mueller's report, the Times said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he would give Attorney General William Barr time to produce the final, unredacted report to Congress before issuing the subpoena; however he did not provide a timeline on when that would happen.

"It's become increasingly routine for congressional committees to pound their chest and use the subpoena", says Prof. Barr said Mueller's team found no evidence that Trump or anyone associated with his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation.

And some of Mueller's investigators told associates that Barr did not "adequately" portray their findings, which were "more troubling" for Trump than the attorney general indicated, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing government officials and other anonymous sources.

Barr told Congress in a letter last week that he must redact material presented to a grand jury, as required by law, as well as information that could reveal US intelligence agencies' sources and methods.

Department of Justice guidelines prohibit the indictment of a sitting president, but Schmidt said he hasn't learned enough about Mueller's findings to say whether investigators believe Trump should have been charged.

However, Democrats have been arguing for months that they should be able to access parts of the report, like grand jury testimony, that Barr said he was working on redacting. Trump on Tuesday accused Nadler of opposing the 1998 release of Ken Starr's report after the investigation into former President Bill Clinton. Mueller's mission was to investigate whether the President and his people committed crimes.

Barr's signature is seen at the end of his four-page letter to USA congressional leaders on the conclusions of Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.