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After nearly two years, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia is over, and a redacted version of the report has been released.
Last month, after the conclusion of the investigation, Attorney General William Barr released a summary of the report, but lawmakers have pressed for the complete version to be released. While the nearly 400-page report is now available, it comes redacted — setting up another potential battle over whether the obscured details inside could be politically damaging to the president.
While the special counsel’s investigation resulted in the indictment of former Trump advisers like Paul Manafort, the president quickly seized on Barr’s summary of the report as evidence of “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller’s team also indicted several Russian citizens during the investigation, accusing them, and the country, of interfering with the 2016 presidential election. At a press conference ahead of releasing the report, Barr echoed the White House’s line, repeatedly saying Russian operatives “did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign.”
But Barr also revealed the the special counsel’s office had found 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice by the president. He said the White House did not assert executive privilege over the report.
Lawmakers and others are now likely to push back on the specific redactions in the report, questioning whether more could be revealed. Barr said a version with fewer redactions will also be shared with lawmakers.
You can read the report here.
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