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

Almost half of Americans expect Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill MORE will redact the Mueller report in a way that's favorable to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE.

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

— Julia Manchester