Attorney General William Barr now has the Mueller report, how he chooses to release it could set up a possible showdown with Democrats

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  • Attorney General William Barr now has the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia. 
  • “Following General Barr’s confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that General Barr should not recuse himself from the Special Counsel’s investigation,” a Justice Department spokesperson told INSIDER.
  • Barr’s decision comes as the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is close to completing a lengthy report of their findings in the Russia investigation. A person with knowledge of the matter told INSIDER that senior Justice Department officials expect to have a draft of the report by the end of the month.
  • Barr has been consulting closely with aides over how much information from Mueller’s findings to report to Congress.
  • Two congressional aides told INSIDER that if lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives feel that Barr inappropriately concealed or omitted information from Mueller’s report in his summary to Congress, they would take “appropriate legal actions” to obtain Mueller’s original report from the Justice Department.
  • Asked whether Democrats would subpoena Mueller’s report if necessary, one aide said “all options are currently on the table.”

Attorney General William Barr now has the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Barr was confirmed as attorney general last month after a contentious confirmation hearing during which Democratic lawmakers grilled him about whether he would recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.

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