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 BarrBill BarrHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Joe Biden played it safe Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time MORE handled the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 NadlerBy questioning Barr, Democrats unmasked their policy of betrayal Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' Apple posts blowout third quarter 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 RosensteinFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe 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.