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Some Mueller investigators say report is worse for Donald Trump than William Barr suggests

April 4, 2019

Some of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have said Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary of their report did not convey how damaging their findings were for President Trump, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Citing government officials and other sources, The Times reported members of the special counsel’s team have expressed concerns that Mr. Barr’s summary has solidified public opinion prior to the investigation’s conclusions being released.

The investigators also said they wanted Mr. Barr to include more information from their summaries in his four-page memo to Congress, but the Justice Department concluded those summaries include sensitive information that can not be released to the public, The Times said.

Those interviewed by The Times did not fully explain why they believe their findings are worse for the president than Mr. Barr disclosed. It is also not clear how prevalent the frustration is among Mr. Mueller’s team.

Neither the Justice Department nor the special counsel’s office commented for The Times’ story.

Mr. Barr submitted to Congress last month his summary of Mr. Mueller’s ultimate findings. His four-page letter said Mr. Mueller concluded the president and his campaign associates did not conspire with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mr. Barr also said the special counsel did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice, but did not have sufficient evidence to establish the crime either.