Barr expected to defend his handling of Mueller report

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The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room is prepared for Attorney General William Barr who will face lawmakers’ questions Wednesday for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers have a new line of inquiry to pursue when Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    
Barr has been expected in Wednesday’s hearing to defend his actions surrounding the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.
    
But it emerged Tuesday night that Mueller has expressed frustration to Barr in a letter with how the conclusions of his investigation have been being portrayed.
    
The letter lays bare a simmering rift between the Justice Department and the special counsel about whether Barr’s summary of the report adequately conveyed the gravity of Mueller’s findings, particularly on the key question of obstruction.
    
The revelation is likely to sharpen attacks by Democrats who accuse Barr of unduly protecting the president and of spinning Mueller’s conclusions in Trump’s favor.

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