White House lawyers have had several conversations with Department of Justice officials about the conclusions made in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, giving President Trump's legal team the opportunity to come up with a rebuttal before the report is made public on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times. Last week, Attorney General William Barr would not answer questions from lawmakers about whether the Justice Department gave the White House a preview of the report's findings. Barr, who will hold a press conference on the report Thursday morning, has come under scrutiny for the way he has handled the matter, including his determination that Trump did not obstruct justice.

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