A two-year investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between US President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government before the 2016 US presidential election has come to an end.
Speaking from his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, Trump told reporters Friday afternoon that he was comfortable with Barr's handling of the high-stakes case.
US President Donald Trump has the right to assert executive privilege over parts of the report, Mr Barr wrote, but "he has stated publicly that he intends to defer" to the Attorney-General.
Barr described Mueller's report as almost 400 pages long, not including the tables and supporting materials, which he said sets forth Mueller's analysis, findings and the reasons for his conclusions. It was just four pages of willfully uninformative information, a summary Barr gave to Congress last Sunday of the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller›s final report that is nearly 400 pages long.
Barr also offered to testify shortly after the report is released, suggesting May 1 for the Senate committee and May 2 for the House committee. She asked what Trump and the Republicans were afraid of and mocked them as "scaredy-cats".
Mueller concluded his 22-month investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election last Friday, writing in a final report to the attorney general that he had found no evidence that Trump or anyone associated with his 2016 presidential campaign had conspired with the Russian government to change the vote on Trump's behalf, according to a summary of the report Barr released Sunday to Congress.
Even Trump has backed releasing the report, according to Graham, who says the president told him, "just release it".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House, March 24, 2019.
Barr's Sunday letter also said the special counsel withheld judgment on whether Trump tried to obstruct justice during the investigation.
While the Mueller probe is officially completed, he referred some matters he discovered to USA attorneys' offices.
Democrats are pushing for a complete release of Mueller's report as well as Barr's appearance before Congress to get a clearer picture of the special counsel's investigation.
Barr's letter drew a quick - and critical - response from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who had demanded the full Mueller report by April 2.
Here's what we know about the release of the much-anticipated report.
Those include grand jury material, information that would compromise sensitive sources and methods; information that could affect ongoing investigations, including those referred by Mueller's office to other Justice Department offices and information that could infringe on the personal privacy and reputation of "peripheral third parties". In his letter to lawmakers, Barr said the report is "nearly 400 pages long", and that doesn't count tables and appendices. "That deadline still stands". "I do not believe it would be in the public's interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion".
Once Mueller›s full report goes public, Congress may want to consider some disapproving action short of impeachment - perhaps a strong resolution censuring or rebuking the president for his unprecedented and unpresidential pro-Russia actions and comments.