United States Attorney General William Barr to release public version of Mueller report within days

United States Attorney General William Barr to release public version of Mueller report within days
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US Attorney General William Barr says he expects to release next week the public version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on whether President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to influence the 2016 election.

"Within a week I will be in position to release that report to the public and then I will engage with the chairmen of both judiciary committees about that report, about any further requests that they have," Barr said during a House of Representatives appropriations committee hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing is meant to explore the Trump administration's $US29 billion ($A41 billion) fiscal 2020 budget request for the Justice Department.

"Of course, we cannot hold this hearing without mentioning the elephant in the room," the subcommittee's chairman, Jose Serrano, said in prepared remarks.

Mueller turned his confidential report over to Barr on March 22 following a 22-month-long probe into whether Trump may have colluded with Russia during his 2016 presidential campaign and whether Trump later obstructed inquiries into the matter.

On March 24, Barr released a four-page letter to congress laying out what he said were Mueller's main findings.

Democrats have called for the report to be released in full.

They have said they want to review the underlying evidence after Barr in his letter said that Mueller's investigation did not establish collusion with Russia.

"Two-and-a-half weeks ago the Mueller report was completed. In extremely quick fashion, you turned a 300-plus page report into a four-page letter that supposedly summarised the findings," Serrano said in his opening remarks.

"I believe the American people deserve to see the full Mueller report, and to be trusted to make their own determinations on the merits based on what the special counsel has presented."

Many lawmakers were particularly irked that Barr took it upon himself to decide that Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice, after saying Mueller's report laid out evidence "on both sides" of the question without reaching a conclusion.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have since reported that some investigators on Mueller's team were unhappy with the way Barr described their findings.

In fact, some of the evidence against Trump was more damning than Barr's letter indicated, according to the news reports.

Reuters