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William Barr has been criticised for holding a news conference before the report's release
The US Attorney General has defended President Trump over allegations of obstruction of justice, while reiterating that "no collusion" was found between his team and Russia.William Barr held a news conference on Thursday ahead of the release of a long-awaited report into the matter.He revealed that the special counsel had examined 10 episodes of possible obstruction of justice by Mr Trump.It comes as Mr Barr faces criticism over his impartiality.Top Democrats have accused the country's top lawyer, who was appointed by Mr Trump, of media-managing the report's release by holding a news conference first.
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A redacted version of Robert Mueller's report will be sent to Congress between 11:00 and midday local time (15:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT) on Thursday and then published online for the public.Mr Barr said he was "committed to ensuring the greatest degree possible of transparency" with its release, and described redactions to the public report as "limited".Minutes after his news conference ended, Mr Trump posted a meme saying it was "game over" for the "haters and the radical left democrats". It followed a flurry of tweets he posted on Thursday morning in which he described the investigation as the "greatest political hoax of all time" and "presidential harassment".
A 'sympathetic' interpretationBut is that OK? You can do what you like so long as it's not illegal? High minded folks will say that falls a long way short of the 17 'rules' that America's first president George Washington set out as civilised behaviour for a president. At the end of this process it can be genuinely said that Donald Trump has changed the presidency; the presidency hasn't changed him.
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