Barr scours Trump-Russia report to see how much to open

After two years of investigating possible Russia Trump campaign collusion Special Counsel Robert Mueller serves up his investigation report

"I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend", Barr wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, according to a copy of it shared with reporters and posted on social media on Friday by lawmakers.

"Right now, we are in the mode (of) wanting to know the truth, wanting the facts so that our chairpersons and members of the committees can take a look into this going forward", said Pelosi, according to the person on the call.

House Democrats, anxious about how President Donald Trump's Justice Department will handle the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings, are demanding the full report and underlying evidence be publicly released and are warning they may use their subpoena power to get the information.

The Russia investigation has shadowed Trump for almost two years and has ensnared his family and close advisers. But he had no events open to the press after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Department of Justice. Whatever the result of his report, we can say, well done, Mr. Mueller.

Even with the details still under wraps, the end of the probe without additional indictments by Mueller was welcome news to some in Trump's orbit who had feared a final round of charges could ensnare more Trump associates, including members of the president's family.

In a letter to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the congressional Judiciary committees, Barr noted on Friday that the department had not denied any request from Mueller, something Barr would have been required to disclose to ensure there was no political inference. The Democrat-controlled House also continues to pursue its own investigation into the President's alleged ties to Russian Federation. Mueller brought charges against 34 people and three companies, with prison sentences for some of Trump's former aides. He's also been implicated in a potential campaign finance violation by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who says Trump asked him to arrange the transactions. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone also is there, according to a person familiar with the matter.




By handing over the long-awaited report, Mueller, 74, marked the end of his work, his spokesman said. Mueller was investigating Russian election interference and possible coordination with Donald Trump's campaign.

None of those charges, however, directly related to the question of collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.

■ If the "other information" that Barr, in consultation with Rosenstein and Mueller, decides to release does not satisfy congressional Democrats, they could demand more. A Justice Department official did confirm that Mueller was not recommending any further indictments, meaning the investigation had ended without any public charges of a criminal conspiracy, or of obstruction of justice by the president.

Barr, who first served as attorney general in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, told lawmakers on Friday that he is "committed to as much transparency as possible".

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