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FILE - The letter from Attorney General William Barr to Congress on the conclusions reached by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe, March 24, 2019.

Many Americans aren't ready to clear President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, with a new poll showing slightly more want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its probes after a special counsel's report left open the question of whether he broke the law.

About 6 in 10 continue to believe the president obstructed justice.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds greater GOP confidence in the investigation after Attorney General William Barr in late March released his letter saying special counsel Robert Mueller found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia but didn't make a judgment on the obstruction question.

At the same time, the poll indicates that Americans are mostly unhappy with the amount of information that has been released so far. They'll get more Thursday, when Barr is expected to release a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report.

Trump has repeatedly claimed "total exoneration," after Barr asserted in his memo that there was insufficient evidence for an obstruction prosecution.

"It's a total phony," Trump said of all allegations to Minneapolis TV station KSTP this week. "Any aspect of that report, I hope it does come out because there was no collusion, whatsoever, no collusion. There was no obstruction, because that was ruled by the attorney general."

Overall, 39 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, roughly unchanged from mid-March, before Mueller completed his two-year investigation.

But many Americans still have questions.

"It's kind of hard to believe what the president says as far as exoneration," said James Brown, 77, of Philadelphia, who doesn't affiliate with either party but says his political views lean conservative. "And in my mind the attorney general is a Trump person, so he's not going to do anything against Trump."

The poll shows 35 percent of Americans think that Trump did something illegal related to Russia — largely unchanged since the earlier poll. An additional 34 percent think he's done something unethical.

Brown says he remains extremely concerned about possible inappropriate contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, citing Trump's past interest in building a Trump Tower in Moscow, and believes the president committed crimes of obstruction to cover up financial interests. "He's not going to jeopardize his pocketbook for anything," he said.

Still, the poll suggests Barr's summary helped allay some lingering doubts within the GOP. Among Republicans, more now say Trump did nothing wrong at all (65 percent vs. 55 percent a month ago) and fewer say he did something unethical (27 percent, down from 37 percent).

Glen Sebring, 56, of Chico, California, says he thinks the nation should put the Russia investigations to rest after reading Barr's four-page summary of the Mueller report. The moderate Republican credits Trump with helping to "double the money" he's now earning due to an improving economy and says Congress should spend more time on issues such as lowering health care costs.

"It's like beating a dead horse," Sebring said. "We've got a lot more important things to worry about."

Even as Trump blasts the Mueller probe as a Democratic witch hunt, poll respondents expressed more confidence that the investigation was impartial. The growing confidence since March was driven by Republicans: Three-quarters now say they are at least moderately confident in the probe, and 38 percent are very or extremely confident, up from 46 percent and 18 percent, respectively, in March. Among Democrats, about 70 percent are at least moderately confident, down slightly from a month ago, and 45 percent are very or extremely confident.

Still, majorities of Americans say they believe the Justice Department has shared too few details so far with both the public (61 percent) and Congress (55 percent). About a third think the department has shared too little with the White House, which has argued that portions of the report should be kept confidential if they involve private conversations of the president subject to executive privilege.

Democrats have been calling for Mueller himself to testify before Congress and have expressed concern that Barr will order unnecessary censoring of the report to protect Trump. The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, is poised to try to compel Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the report's underlying investigative files.

The poll shows that even with the Mueller probe complete, 53 percent say Congress should continue to investigate Trump's ties with Russia, while 45 percent say Congress should not. A similar percentage, 53 percent, say Congress should take steps to impeach Trump if he is found to have obstructed justice, even if he did not have inappropriate contacts with Russia.

"We don't even know what we found yet in the probe. Until we do, Congress should definitely continue to push this issue," said Tina Perales, a 35-year-old small business owner in Norton, Ohio, who describes herself as Republican. "That little letter Barr sent out summarizing the report I think was completely BS. This Mueller thing is hundreds of pages, and he just sums it up like this? These things just don't add up."

Deep partisan divisions remain.

Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to believe Trump had done something improper and to support continued investigations that could lead to his removal from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has downplayed the likelihood of impeachment proceedings but isn't closing the door entirely if there are significant findings of Trump misconduct.

On investigations, 84 percent of Democrats believe lawmakers shouldn't let up in scrutinizing Trump's ties to Russia, but the same share of Republicans disagrees. Similarly, 83 percent of Democrats say Congress should take steps to impeach Trump if he is found to have obstructed justice, even if he did not have inappropriate contacts with Russia, while 82 percent of Republicans say Congress should not.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,108 adults was conducted April 11-14 using a sample drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.

Experts inspect the damaged Notre Dame cathedral after the fire in Paris, April 16, 2019, assessing the blackened shell of Paris' iconic cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the almost 900-year-old building.

As crews check the structural stability of France's Notre Dame Cathedral and work to determine the full extent of damage from a massive fire at the centuries-old Paris landmark, President Emmanuel Macron is pushing ahead with an ambitious goal of rebuilding it within five years.

Macron gave the proposal to rebuild it "even more beautifully" in a nationwide address Tuesday night, and planned to spend Wednesday meeting with his Cabinet to discuss the reconstruction and funding that will be necessary to rebuild.

He already has a huge head start, with wealthy French citizens and businesses having already pledged about $800 million.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a global competition Wednesday to rebuild the cathedral's spire, which was destroyed when the iconic structure's roof collapsed. He said architects from around the world would be invited to submit designs for a "new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era."

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Decades of work

But those in charge of carrying out restoration efforts at other historic cathedrals cautioned it could take decades to complete the work.

Cathedral rector Bishop Patrick Chauvet told local business owners Wednesday the famed monument would be closed for "five to six years." He said, "A segment of the cathedral has been very weakened" by the blaze, but did not specify which section. Chauvet also said it was not clear what lies ahead for the church's 67 employees.

United States President Donald Trump said via Twitter Wednesday he offered condolences to Pope Francis on behalf of U.S. citizens and offered the expertise of U.S. experts to help with the renovation of the Gothic cathedral.

All cathedrals in France will ring their bells Wednesday evening to mark 48 hours after the fire began.

While Notre Dame's spire and roof collapsed, the cathedral's walls, iconic bell towers and round stained glass windows survived.

A woman places a candle with others at the Place Saint-Michel the day after Notre-Dame Cathedral suffered heavy damage from a massive fire that devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 16, 2019.
A woman places a candle with others at the Place Saint-Michel the day after Notre-Dame Cathedral suffered heavy damage from a massive fire that devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 16, 2019.

Officials said some of the art work was damaged, as was the main organ, but that many of the works and artifacts survived and would be taken to the Louvre Museum.

Also surviving are the Crown of Thorns, the site's most sacred relic that was purported to have been worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, as well as a 13th century tunic said to have been worn by French King Louis IX.

Debris are seen inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, April 16, 2019.
Debris are seen inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, April 16, 2019.

Exact damage, cause not yet known

The exact extent of the damage will not be known until the remaining structure is deemed safe enough for teams to go inside and access all areas of the site.

The Paris public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the fire, which is suspected to be linked to renovation work on the cathedral's roof, and said it would be a "long and complex case."

Authorities are interviewing dozens of people from five companies that were involved in the renovation work. A spokesman for one of the companies, Julien le Bras, said, "All the security measures were respected" by its 12 workers whom he said are "participating in the investigation with no hesitation."

Roses have been laid near Notre Dame Cathedral a day after a fire devastated the cathedral in central Paris, April 16, 2019.
Roses have been laid near Notre Dame Cathedral a day after a fire devastated the cathedral in central Paris, April 16, 2019.

The fire broke out during the holiest week of the year for Christians. It occurred less than a week before Easter and during Holy Week commemorations. An Easter Mass had been planned at the cathedral on Sunday.

A Vatican statement expressing shock and sadness called Notre Dame a "symbol of Christianity in France and in the world." Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Tuesday on Twitter that Pope Francis is praying "for those who are trying to cope with this dramatic situation."

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