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What The Fallout From William Barr's Testimony Means For The Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller's report landed, but the aftershocks continue to shake Washington. The latest tremors took place in a Senate hearing on Wednesday with Attorney General William Barr.

Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET

The Justice Department's Russia investigation may be over, but the political war over it — who conducted it, how and why — has enough new fuel to rage for several more months.

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the final stages of the inquiry in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that underscored how much the focus of official Washington has shifted from Russian interference in the 2016 election to the lingering aftermath of the inquiry for Republicans and Democrats.

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There are now two Russia stories

The tracks of the Russia imbroglio, if they ever ran side by side, have now split off after reaching what railroaders call a wye.

Many Republicans, led on Wednesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., want the next phase to be

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