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Thu Apr 18, 2019 AT 11:29 AM EDT

Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his sprawling investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The release of the report comes just over three weeks after Barr laid out what he described as Mueller’s core findings in a four-page letter that effectively cleared President Donald Trump of allegations of criminal coordination between his campaign and Moscow, and just over an hour after Barr held a press conference reiterating there was no “collusion.”

The report is redacted to conceal grand jury material, classified information, details about ongoing investigations and information that could implicate the privacy of “peripheral” third parties. Read Full Story at The Hill

Tue Apr 16, 2019 AT 12:13 PM EDT

(AP)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will travel to Atlanta next week to discuss the opioid crisis at an annual substance abuse summit.

Organizers of the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit announced Tuesday that the Trumps will appear at the event, which is hosted by the National Conference of Addiction Disorders.

The president and first lady will address the conference of medical professionals, government officials, and other stakeholders on Wednesday.

President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency to free up additional resources to combat the epidemic, which claimed the lives of nearly 50,000 Americans in 2017.

Melania Trump has focused on the opioid crisis as part of her “Be Best” campaign, which also addresses social media use and general well-being among young people.  Read Full Story at The Hill

Thu Apr 11, 2019 AT 11:13 AM EDT

Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he is reviewing whether U.S. officials improperly “spied” on members of the Trump campaign, a statement that prompted cheers from Republicans and gave Democrats new reasons to attack the top Justice Department official as a partisan steward of President Donald Trump.

The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has already been investigating whether the FBI adhered to department rules in applying for warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page for more than a year, an inquiry Barr has said is close to completion.

Barr signaled Wednesday that he would get involved because of his own concerns, reviewing details turned over by Horowitz as well as congressional Republicans to determine if there are routes for further investigation. Read Full Story at The Hill

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