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

Greg Nash

Fewer than 3 in 10 voters — 29 percent — approve of how Attorney General William Barr handled the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’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 Trump. 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.

{mosads}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 Nadler (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 Rosenstein 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.

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