As it turns out Robert Mueller was very unhappy with Bill Barr’s summary of his work.

By |2019-05-01T07:27:15-08:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

This was the blockbuster that broke late in the day yesterday. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post.

The letter and a subsequent phone call between the two men reveal the degree to which the longtime colleagues and friends disagreed as they handled the legally and politically fraught task of investigating the president. Democrats in Congress are likely to scrutinize Mueller’s complaints to Barr as they contemplate the prospect of opening impeachment proceedings and mull how hard to press for Mueller himself to testify publicly.

At the time Mueller’s letter was sent to Barr on March 27, Barr had days prior announced that Mueller did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials seeking to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In his memo to Congress, Barr also said that Mueller had not reached a conclusion about whether Trump had tried to obstruct justice, but that Barr reviewed the evidence and found it insufficient to support such a charge.

Days after Barr’s announcement, Mueller wrote the previously undisclosed private letter to the Justice Department, laying out his concerns in stark terms that shocked senior Justice Department officials, according to people familiar with the discussions.

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

A clearly agitated Mueller requested that Barr release the 448-page report’s introductions and executive summaries and even offered redactions to make that easier.

Part of Mueller’s frustration stemmed from the fact that it was taking Barr too long to release the report to the public, and he wrote that the redaction process “need not delay release of the enclosed materials. Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about the nature and outcome of our investigation.”

Mueller’s letter, of course, reflects what we heard from some investigators on his team who also expressed frustration with Barr’s obvious attempts to shape the narrative and minimize the impact of what Mueller discovered during his two-year-long investigation. 

It is fairly obvious that Barr purposefully misrepresented the contents of the report, and even lied to Congress about not knowing how Mueller felt about his summary. 

We now know that he did, in fact, have this letter from Mueller that pretty clearly told him how Mueller felt about his bullshit summary. 

Barr is about to testify before the Senate any minute now, so let’s see how this newly revealed Mueller informs the questions posed at least by the Democrats in the hearing. 

Update: if you are not watching the Senate hearing with Bill Barr, here is a basic summation from MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.

Yeah, that about sums it up. 

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13 Comments

  1. aNOn May 1, 2019 at 6:21 am
  2. Lady Lindsey-Buttfucker May 1, 2019 at 6:48 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/trump-is-a-fcking-idiot-lindsey-graham-reads-brutal-uncensored-text-at-bill-barr-hearing-then-quickly-apologizes/

    “‘Just went to the southern Virginia Walmart, I could smell the Trump support,’” Graham read. “October the 19th, 2016:
    ‘Trump is a f*cking idiot, he’s unable to provide a coherent answer.’”

    The profanity aired on cable and broadcast networks.

    “Sorry to the kids out there,” Graham said. “These are the people that made a decision that (Hillary) Clinton didn’t do anything wrong, and that counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign was warranted. We’re going to, in a bipartisan way, I hope, deal with Russia, but when the Mueller report is put to bed — and it soon will be — this committee is going to look long and hard at how this all started.”<RiiiggghhhttT

    • OK May 1, 2019 at 7:51 am

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/oops-lindsey-graham-gets-bill-barr-to-admit-trump-can-be-charged-for-obstruction-even-if-theres-no-collusion/

      “Usually there is,” Graham said CONfidently.

      “Usually,” Barr interjected. “But ~IT~’$ not necessary. Sort of the paradigmatic case is there’s an underlying crime and the person or people indicated concerned about that criminality being discovered take an inherently malignant act, such as destroying documents.”

    • Beaglemom May 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

      I think at this point, Hillary Clinton has every right to sue Lidnsey Graham and any other Republican who want to re-open the “email investigations.” It’s utter nonsense, especially in the face of the continued Trump administration collusion and conspiracy to seek campaign help from Russia and the conspiracy among GOP members of Congress who are all too willing to bury their treacherous behavior with more attacks on Hillary Clinton. My God, even Don the Con keeps getting his idiot supporters to chant “lock her up.” We all know who should be locked up: Don the Con himself, anyone associated with his campaign, and about 1/3 (at least) of Republicans in Congress.

      • Anonymous May 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

        Every time the republicans are faced with the TRUTH that there is a criminal in the WH, they bring up Hillary.. too bad for them we will not be distracted with their obsession.

  3. wOw May 1, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Barr said that after he received Mueller’s report, “the body politic was in a high state of agitation.” Barr noted that some former government officials speculated more indictments were coming, including of people close to the Trump.

    “I didn’t feel it was in the public interest to allow this to go on for several weeks without saying anything, so I decided to simply state what the bottom-line conclusions were, which is what the department normally does: make a binary determine—is there a crime or isn’t there a crime?” Barr told the committee, defending his decision to release a short letter and withhold everything else.

    “We’ll know at the end of the day what the remedy should be,”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/barr-defends-spinning-mueller-report-at-senate-judiciary-committee-grilling?ref=home

  4. Anon May 1, 2019 at 7:49 am

    ‘lock her up defense.’
    This is not supposed to be about the Mueller investigation, the Russian involvement in the election, the Trump campaign and so forth,”
    “It’s about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Finally we get down to the bottom line. Hillary Clinton’s emails and questions have to be asked about Benghazi and TravelGate, Whitewater – there’s a lot of material we should be going through today according to their response to this.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/republicans-left-with-egg-on-their-face-after-senator-mocks-them-for-obsessing-over-clintons-emails-at-bill-barr-hearing/

    • Anonymous May 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      HA HA.now the want to beat the Whitewater dead horse. Give me a break, the criminal is occupying the WH, those idiot republicans need to wake up and smell the roses.

  5. Anonymous May 1, 2019 at 8:35 am

    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2019/05/01/trump-has-referenced-fox-news-43-his-recent-tweets-about-mueller/223605?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

    The Fox narratives Trump is pushing diverge substantially from the facts Mueller laid out in his report. But according to a recent HuffPost-YouGov poll, the network’s viewers believe the story Fox has been telling them.

  6. Anonymous May 1, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    The republicans are so boringly predictable. They bring up hillary when they want to distract from themselves, the say thoughts and prayers when children are killed with assaault weapons in a mass shooting, and for some myterious reason they have all taken to defending the most corrump person ever to serve the oval office. Its almost like they are all batshit crazy.

  7. Anonymous May 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    And when directed questioned about it, William Barr committed perjury before Congress.

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