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Judge sharply rebukes Barr's handling of Mueller report

Posted at 9:40 PM, Mar 05, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has sharply rebuked Attorney General William Barr's handling of the special counsel's Russia report.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton says Barr made a “calculated effort" to spin the investigation's findings in favor of President Donald Trump and showed a “lack of candor."

He delivered the criticism in a 23-page ruling in which he said he would review an unredacted version of the Mueller report before deciding what additional information from the document should be publicly disclosed.

Walton says he needs to review the document itself because he cannot trust that the Justice Department's redactions of the report were made in good faith.