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Mueller officials unhappy with Barr summary, New York Times reports

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By Alex Johnson  with NBC News Politics
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Attorney General Bill Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller.   -   Copyright  Reuters/CQ-Roll Call, Inc

Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller have told associates that Attorney General William Barr inadequately characterized the findings of their inquiry, which they say could be worse for President Donald Trump than Barr suggested, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The officials didn't elaborate, The Times reported, but it said some members of Mueller's team thought that Barr should have included more of their material in the four-page summary he released March 24. His summary stated that Mueller found no proof that Trump criminally colluded with Russia and that he reached no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice.

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NBC News hasn't independently verified The Times report, which cited "government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations."

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize a subpoena for the full, unredacted report.

Barr has said he intends later this month to provide a report to lawmakers with certain material removed. He said he needs more time to edit the report, which runs almost 400 pages, for sensitive and classified information.

The Times said two government officials familiar with Barr's thinking indicated that Barr was reluctant to deviate from Justice Department practices by disclosing damaging details in closing an investigation.

"This shows why we need to get the report as soon as possible," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Va., a member of the Intelligence Committee.

"The fact that investigators would express this concern shows the imminence of this situation," Swalwell said on MSNBC's "Hardball."

"There's questions about persons in the Trump campaign and administration and transition who worked with them, and those are unresolved," Swalwell said. "If we're going to protect ourselves in the next election, I think this is a clarion call that we better get this report and get to work."