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Graham says Trump told him to 'just release' Mueller report

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump' House to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a resolute ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE, said Wednesday that he discussed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's report with the president and Trump told him to “just release it.” 

Graham told CNN that the president was unlikely to invoke executive privilege to hide any of Mueller’s findings, which is an option Democrats have warned they would oppose.

Graham also said Wednesday he expects Congress will be able to see Mueller’s final report in April. 

Graham told the Associated Press that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE said the report could be released next month and that he would be willing to testify in front of Graham’s panel.

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Barr’s timeline matches up with comments from several Justice Department officials who said Mueller’s final conclusions could be sent to Congress within “weeks, not months.”

House Democrats, however, have expressed impatience with the delay, calling on a swifter turnaround from Barr. Six House committee chairs sent a letter to the attorney general Monday demanding he provide Congress with Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence of his findings by Tuesday.

“Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform this critical work. The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution,” they wrote. 

Graham said Barr is working through the report to ensure that any grand jury material and classified information would not be made available. 

Mueller in his report concluded that there was no collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, according to a summary Barr provided to Congress on Sunday. Though Mueller did not exonerate the president over allegations of obstruction of justice and declined to weigh in on whether charges should be applied, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE said no charges would be brought against Trump after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence. Democrats have called for that evidence to be released along with the full report.