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Seldom has a report in Washington been so vigorously debated before its release. After nearly two years of speculation over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, a redacted version of his final report is expected to be made public Thursday by Attorney General William Barr.
Until then, we have just two pieces of real information in our pockets: Barr’s four-page summary of the report’s conclusion, and Barr’s testimony last week, during which he said he would release as much of the report as legally allowed after redacting certain portions, with color coding to explain the justifications for each redaction.
While we wait, some things are already clear. Here are key issues to watch for when the report appears, and a suggested list of search terms that could help uncover potential surprises.
Ahead of the report, four issues loom largest: Russia’s election interference, the Trump campaign’s activities, and the questions of whether the president obstructed justice — whether a sitting president can be indicted.
Here are five interactions or events that may be significant in the report.
Reminder: If you want to check what we know currently, our Giant Russia Timeline is a good resource. It is giant, but also approachable and reader-friendly.
Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
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