Barr’s expected release of Mueller’s conclusions comes days after the special counsel submitted his final report to the attorney general, ending an historic investigation that has dogged the Trump administration and gripped the nation for nearly two years. The attorney general can decide what information from the investigation to share with both Congress and the public.
Mueller submitted his probe on Friday without further indictments. A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that are also no sealed indictments pending release.
The special counsel was tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government as well as any other matters arising from the investigation.
Members of Congress have called on Barr to provide full transparency. In a rare bipartisan vote in an era of deep partisanship, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of a non-binding resolution demanding the public release of Mueller’s full report. The GOP-held Senate blocked the measure.
In a tweeted statement Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the attorney general to make Mueller’s report public in full.
“Attorney General Barr must release the full Mueller report and underlying evidence without any further delay or obfuscation,” the New York Democrat said. “For the American people, the underlying documents may be even more important to the truth than the report itself.”
In a letter to Congress Friday, Barr said he is “committed to as much transparency as possible.”
Barr was appointed attorney general after Trump forced Jeff Sessions out of the job.
Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation after the former Alabama senator failed to disclose during testimony to Congress contacts he had with the Russian ambassador in the runup to the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has repeatedly called the special counsel’s investigation a “witch hunt.” But Barr, a Trump appointee, said in his Friday letter that there were no instances in which the special counsel’s actions were “inappropriate or unwarranted.”
Trump has said it is Barr’s decision whether the full report will be released.
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