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US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler holds up volumes of evidence related to President Bill Clinton's impeachment investigation as the committee debates before voting to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full unr

US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler holds up volumes of evidence related to President Bill Clinton's impeachment investigation as the committee debates before voting to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full unr

A Justice Department official, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential process, said summaries of the findings that Mueller's team included as part of its report also contained grand jury information, making it hard for a swift release.

The Justice Department defended its handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report after media reports that Mueller's team wrote summaries that they meant to be made public.

The Mueller report may also include information that could reveal US sources or confidential details about ongoing investigations.

Some members of Mueller's team appear caught off guard by how thoroughly the president has used Barr's letter to claim total victory, as the limited information about their work has been weaponized in the country's highly polarized political environment, according to people familiar with their responses. On Wednesday, Nadler, a Democrat, won a committee vote allowing him to subpoena the attorney general for the full report, along with documents and testimony from five former aides to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump responded to reporting by the Times Thursday morning, shortly after Kupec released the statement.

What's more, some investigators worry that the letter Barr produced will affect a positive view in some Americans' minds about Trump, believing that the investigation has already concluded he is exonerated of any wrongdoing, even after the report is finally released publicly and may demonstrate other conclusions.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he would give Attorney General William Barr time to produce the final, unredacted report to Congress before issuing the subpoena; however he did not provide a timeline on when that would happen.

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Nadler says he is not issuing the subpoena immediately, but Wednesday's action escalates the fight over Mueller's investigation between House Democrats and Trump, who has recently walked back his previous calls for the report to be released. It seems clear some people in Mueller's office (the whole team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI investigators and additional staff didn't comment to the press) felt the need to fire a warning shot at Barr: He won't get away with covering anything up, especially if he tries to misrepresent what they said.

The Times report sparked another day of fevered speculation about the "real" content of the 400-page Mueller report, despite the attorney general's four-page summary of it. Barr issue a four-page summary of Mueller's almost 400-page report, purporting to clear Trump, must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

The Times reports that special counsel members believe that Barr should have included more detail in the four-page summary, which announced that Mueller did not find that Trump had colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election, although he explicitly did not exonerate Trump.

"The subpoena for the Mueller report and its underlying evidence commands the attorney general to do what the unthinkable is", said committee ranking member Doug Collins.

But the allegations that Barr mishandled the findings of the special counsel investigation may be a "game-changer" for Democrats who want to see the entire report made public.

Congress, not Barr, should determine what gets made public, Nadler said. A couple hours later, though, Mueller investigators went to the Post to point out that this spin itself is also dishonest.

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