Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Special Counsel's report in an interview published Wednesday.
"He's being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he's trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre," Rosenstein told The Wall Street Journal.
Barr last month released a four-page synopsis of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's approximately 400-page report on his investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and whether the country colluded with the Trump campaign.
Barr said that investigators found no evidence of collusion and not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against the president. He has also said he planned to release a redacted version of the report by mid-April.
"It would be one thing if you put out a letter and said, 'I'm not going to give you the report,' " Rosenstein told The Journal. "What he said is, 'Look, it's going to take a while to process the report. In the meantime, people really want to know what's in it. I'm going to give you the top-line conclusions.' That's all he was trying to do."
He added that the public should have "tremendous confidence" in Barr.
Democrats have demanded the release of the full report. Barr also faced sharp criticism from Democrats after he suggested Wednesday that there was "spying" on the Trump campaign. He later walked back his remarks, saying that he was merely concerned that there may have been "improper surveillance" and that he was "looking into it."
Rosenstein, who has worked at the Justice Department for almost 30 years, is expected to leave the department soon.