Fewer than 3 in 10 voters approve of Barr's handling of Mueller report release: poll

Fewer than 3 in 10 voters approve of Barr's handling of Mueller report release: poll
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Fewer than 3 in 10 voters — 29 percent — approve of how Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE handled the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s report, according to a poll released Wednesday.

By comparison, 39 percent in the Politico/Morning Consult poll disapprove of Barr’s strategy and 32 percent had no opinion.

More than half of Democrats polled — 58 percent — said that Barr had mostly worked to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE. Roughly the same percentage of Republicans, 56 percent, told pollsters that Barr has mostly tried to inform the public. And 31 percent of independents said Barr has tried to inform the public, while 28 percent said he has mostly helped the president.

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Barr, who has found himself in a public feud with House Democrats over his refusal to provide Mueller’s unreacted report to Congress, is facing a contempt vote on Wednesday. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor Poll: Majority think Senate should call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Susan Collins asked Justice Roberts to intervene after Nadler late-night 'cover-up' accusation MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that his panel is still planning to vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, suggesting that negotiations between committee staff and the Justice Department were not fruitful.

On Monday, Nadler announced the committee would vote on a resolution recommending Barr be held in contempt after he did not meet the committee’s demands for the full, unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.

The top law enforcement official has defended his decision to issue a four-page memo laying out the principal conclusions of Mueller’s investigation prior to the release of the redacted report. His memo revealed that Mueller found no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE subsequently judged there was insufficient evidence to accuse Trump of obstruction of justice.

News broke last week that Mueller had sent a letter to Barr after the memo to express frustration with Barr’s summary. 

"The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions," reads the letter signed by Mueller. "There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations."

The Politico/Morning Consult poll was conducted May 3-6 among 1,990 registered voters. Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.