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DEVELOPING: Some members of Special Counsel Mueller's team have expressed frustration that AG Barr cleared President Trump of obstruction of justice, a US official who has spoken with them tells @NBCNews.
Some members of the team also believe the evidence that President Trump sought to impede the investigation is stronger than AG Barr suggested in his March letter summarizing Mueller's findings, the official tells @NBCNews.
Justice Dept. officials say Barr had no choice but to render a judgment, because the regulations say that he is ultimately in charge of the investigation. If Mueller believed the president was guilty of obstruction, he could have said so, the officials argue — but he didn't.
Three government officials have told @NBCNews that a dispute within the special counsel's office on the facts and the law was one factor behind Mueller's decision not to make a call on the obstruction question.
The lawyers and FBI agents on Mueller's team could not reach an agreement about whether Trump's conduct amounted to a corrupt — and therefore illegal — effort to impede the probe, the three officials said.
The feelings of some members of Mueller's team do not change the attorney general's legal conclusions—which technically cleared Pres. Trump on both obstruction and conspiracy with Russia. But the political impact continues, as Democrats seek more information on Mueller's findings
JUST IN: Responding to reports about some Mueller team members' feelings about AG Barr's summary, Justice Dept. says Barr released his "bottom-line findings" & conclusions immediately given public interest, and work has been ongoing to release the Mueller report with redactions.
According to a sr. law enforcement official who has spoken to members of Mueller's team, Mueller team members say the report includes detailed accounts of Trump campaign contacts with Russia.
While the special counsel found no coordination or criminal conspiracy, the official said, some team members say his findings paint a picture of a campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation.
Some of that information may be classified, the official said, so it's not clear whether it will be released when AG Barr makes public a redacted version of the Mueller report.
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