Robert Mueller investigators frustrated by attorney general’s Russian Federation probe summary


Reports by The New York Times and The Washington Post released Wednesday evening said that some of Mueller's investigators believed that the results of the special counsel's investigation were more damaging to Mr. Trump than Barr's letter revealed.

The US Congress House Judiciary Committee has approved subpoena power for special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russian Federation report, amid a Democratic party effort to publicly release the document without redactions.

Prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller's team are unhappy with the way Attorney General William Barr summarized their findings, and one of the reporters who broke that story explained their frustration.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) suggested that if Barr's summary was released so President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani would have an opportunity to push a false narrative of complete and total exoneration Barr might have "obstructed justice".

The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 Wednesday morning to authorize a subpoena for the full report, as well as all "underlying evidence and related matters".

The Justice Department on Thursday defended Attorney General Bill Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report but without directly addressing news reports that Mueller's investigators are upset over what Barr has chosen to keep secret for now.

Also unknown is how many members of Mueller's team have expressed concern over the matter.

Barr told congressional leaders last week that he plans to release what he can of the report and that he expects his department "will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner".

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The top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Doug Collins, said at the vote that the five subpoenas are misguided because two of the individuals have already provided 3,000 documents to the committee and that the other three have indicated a willingness to cooperate. A lawyer for Priebus, Bannon and McGahn, as well as a Bannon spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He also noted that if the Justice Department was serious about releasing the Russian Federation report, all they have to do is get permission from a judge to hand over the findings to the House Judiciary Committee. "R. Crim. P. 6 (e)", which protects grand jury information.

Barr recently told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler that he is in the process of redacting certain types of information from the almost 400-page report and intends to release the document by mid-April, if not sooner.

"I think Mueller had really no choice but to punt on this question and leave it to Barr to decide, and Barr, predictably, concluded there was no basis for a prosecution", Lazare told hosts John Kiriakou and Walter Smolarek. In the case of the Mueller report, however, she says the public is on the side of Democrats.

The special counsel's office also never asked Barr to release the summaries, the Times reported.

Hours earlier, Trump blasted the New York Times report in a tweet, claiming it was based on "no legitimate sources" because speaking about the Mueller report "would be totally illegal".

It is also unclear how extensively Mueller and his team spoke to senior Department of Justice officials about how their findings of the investigation would become public, the Times said.