Mueller Report: US Congress Awaits Key Findings From Attorney General Barr

Attorney General William Barr

US congressional leaders are awaiting conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, with early findings expected Sunday.

The long-awaited report was submitted on Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who spent Saturday at the justice department poring over the document.

The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller.

A justice department official said it did not call for new charges.

None of those charges directly related to the allegations of collusion between the campaign and Moscow – allegations that President Trump has always denied.

It is not yet known how much of the report – if any – will be made available to the public. Mr Barr will decide initially how much information to share with Congress.

Mr Barr, who was appointed by Mr Trump, told congressional leaders on Friday that he was “committed to as much transparency as possible.”

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Legally, the attorney general is under no obligation to release the report publicly, and his copy to Congress could contain redactions, but during his confirmation hearings before senators Mr Barr vowed to release as much as he could.

A number of senior Democrats, including presidential hopefuls Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Julian Castro, have called for the full release of the report.

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The House of Representatives, newly controlled by the Democratic party following last year’s mid-term elections, will also continue to investigate the Trump administration and could ask Mr Mueller to testify or instruct Mr Barr to provide relevant materials.

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