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12:00 AM, March 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:28 AM, March 25, 2019

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US awaits details of Mueller report

US lawmakers yesterday waited for details of a confidential report into an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over Donald Trump's presidency and raised questions about possible collusion between the Republican's campaign and Moscow.

Attorney General William Barr was expected to give Congress and the public a summary of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who conducted a 22-month-long Russia investigation.

Barr, the top US law enforcement official, spent nine hours on Saturday studying the report. He had said he hoped to hand over a summary of its "principal conclusions" by the end of the weekend.

There appeared to be initial good news for Trump and his inner circle, as Mueller did not bring any additional indictments when he handed the report over to Barr on Friday.

That signals there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates on the issue of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to help the real estate magnate beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House race. US intelligence agencies concluded shortly before Trump took office in January 2017 that Moscow meddled in the election.

It was not immediately known what Mueller's report says about another strand of inquiry: whether Trump committed obstruction of justice to hinder the Russia investigation by acts such as firing FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

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