Barr's Summary of Mueller Report is 'Tainted'

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation, saying the document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevented it from being immediately released to the public.

The House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for the entire report, as well as investigative materials, though Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he will wait to issue the demand until he sees what Barr makes public.

Investigators are allegedly irritated that Barr ignored the summaries they prepared for public release, which would have let the work speak for itself.

Democrats have pledged to fight all the way to the U.S. supreme court to enforce a subpoena and obtain the full report.

Barr has said he is working with Mueller to release a redacted version of the report, which totals almost 400 pages, and plans to release it publicly around mid-April.

Mr Barr himself went further than Mr Mueller in his summary letter, declaring that this report's evidence was insufficient to prove in court that Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice to hamper the probe.

It is believed, however, that the report focuses on Trump's attempts to frustrate the special counsel office's work.

"When you're sitting there having done this investigation for two years and you see the whole thing being misused and used politically to support Donald Trump, and being done by the attorney general no less, I think people have a good right to get angry", Akerman said.

On the Mueller report, House Democrats had given Attorney General William Barr until Tuesday to provide an unredacted verson to Congress, along with underlying materials. Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials believe the special counsel's investigators fell short of their task by declining to decide whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed the inquiry, according to the two government officials. Democrat Dan Kildee, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Congress was requesting Trump's tax documents from the IRS because "The president is the only person who can sign bills into law, and the public deserves to know whether the president's personal financial interests affect his public decision making". "The Mueller report probably isn't the "total exoneration" the President claims it to be". The attorney general later revealed, "I anticipate we will be in position" to release the redacted report "by mid-April, if not sooner". And even though Trump "acted like a person with something to hide", it was "always unlikely that he was stupid enough" to "have engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the enemy".

Trump at the time declared that the report was a "complete exoneration" of him.

Some members of Mueller's team also told associates that Attorney General William Barr failed to adequately portray their investigative findings, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

"The letter from the attorney general referencing the special counsel's report said no new indictments, no sealed indictments, no collusion and did not find obstruction", said Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican.

The displeasure among some who worked on the closely held inquiry has quietly begun to surface in the days since Barr released a four-page letter to Congress on March 24 describing what he said were the principal conclusions of Mueller's still-confidential, 400-page report.

Lizza notes that the "most serious accusation against Trump"-that he "affirmatively and criminally conspired with Russians in their twin plots to hack and distribute Democratic e-mails and spread disinformation through social media"-was also "the least likely to be proven" during Mueller's investigation".


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