Political reporter says many voters think Barr will protect Trump with Mueller redactions

Almost half of Americans expect Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE will redact the Mueller report in a way that's favorable to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE, political reporter Eli Yokley told Hill.TV on Wednesday.

"The challenge for AG Barr, and I think this aired out in the hearing this week, is the fact that nobody really trusts him to redact it," Yokley, a reporter at Morning Consult, told Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"About half of voters, we found, don't have any trust in him to do it in a way that would not be favorable to Trump," he added. "That's going to be a big challenge for the Justice Department moving forward."

Yokley was referring to a Morning Consult poll conducted late last month that found that 46 percent of registered voters surveyed said they do not trust the administration to release the report without first redacting information that is politically damaging.

Forty-eight percent of respondents said they do not think the Trump administration has the right to redact parts of the report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE.

Barr told a House panel on Tuesday that he plans to release a redacted version of the report within a week.

— Julia Manchester