The political showdown over the Russia investigation began in earnest Saturday even before the special counsel’s conclusions were known to the public. Attorney General William P. Barr spent the day privately reviewing Robert S. Mueller III’s report.
For 674 days, Democratic voters have been waiting to see whether his team would uncover irrefutable evidence that President Trump conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 election. At campaign events for would-be Trump challengers, they were putting their own spin on what they hope the report contains.
At its peak, the extremist group controlled a stretch of Syria and Iraq that was almost the size of Britain. The group had challenged international borders and drew foot soldiers from around the world.