The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House, and continues to attempt to interfere in U.S. and other countries' elections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Barr's synopsis that cleared President Donald Trump of campaign collusion with Russian Federation and criminal obstruction of the federal probe "condescending" and "arrogant". The length of Mueller's report makes clear there are substantially more details he and his team have documented in their investigation than Barr disclosed to Congress and the public in his summary.
We may have to wait until, and if, the full Mueller report is released to know if Trump and members of his campaign ever reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or USA intel, those "multiple offers from Russia-affiliated officials to assist the Trump campaign".
Barr quoted just 65 words from the Mueller report in the summary, although he described some material the prosecutor had collected.
Trump has said he "wouldn't mind" if the full report were released.
Questions about Barr are amplified by his unusual role as a lawyer who advocated an expansive view of executive power, suggesting in an unsolicited letter to the administration before being hired that the president can not be found to have obstructed a Justice Department probe.
Republicans on Thursday directly confronted House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam B. Schiff for his two years of conspiracy charges against President Trump, urging him to resign because they "have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties".
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) ripped his Trump-allied Republican colleagues in a blistering speech pointing out all of the actions taken by the Trump campaign with regard to Russian Federation. They have suggested they may eventually need to subpoena it. Mr Nadler said he had a 10-minute phone conversation with Mr Barr on Wednesday. "These leaks, often sourced to current or former Administration or intelligence officials, appeared to support the collusion allegations and were purported to be related to ongoing investigations of President Trump and his associates".
The senator said he wants to know what role the unverified and salacious Steele dossier played in securing a warrant to monitor the communications of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. "More than perhaps any other outcome of the Mueller investigation, this may become its most enduring legacy".
"The Department of Justice should not be involved in a cover-up of what's actually in the report", he said.
Despite the fact that Mueller reached no conclusion about obstruction, Trump this week has claimed full vindication, saying Mueller had found "No collusion, no obstruction, no nothing".
Schiff maintained in an interview with the Washington Post that "undoubtedly there was collusion" and said his committee would continue to investigate counter-intelligence issues.