Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr expressing concerns about the summary of his investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Russia that was initially released to the public, according to the Washington Post.
In the letter, Mueller apparently wrote that Barr’s summary did not capture the “context, nature, and substance” of his report.
The Post reports that the letter was followed by a phone call to Barr in which Mueller encouraged the AG to release executive summaries of the report.
Details on how this went down and how we found out about it are still sketchy. But if it’s true, this is a big deal. Mueller has been exceedingly quiet throughout the two years of his investigation and since its release. If he did break that silence to reprimand Barr for his depiction of the report in the summary, he must have been pretty pissed.
The Post has released a bit of text from Mueller’s letter.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Mueller wrote the letter in late March. A Justice Department spokeswoman says that the conversation between the two took place shortly after Barr released the summary.
“The special counsel emphasized that nothing in the attorney general’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told the Times. “But he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the special counsel’s obstruction analysis.”
Barr is a brazen bully. He stood before the country and lied & didn’t give a damn. You’re gonna have to make him feel it @RepJerryNadler.
These 3 Senate Democrats voted with republicans to confirm William Barr as Attorney General
@DougJones @SenatorSinema @Sen_JoeManchin
What has Barr been promised? Money?
Barr is scared AF……….
In the words of Martha And The Vandellas
🎶🎤Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide. Got nowhere to run to, baby….”🎶🎤
Attorney General William Barr will NOT be testifying to the House Judiciary tomorrow.
My oldest daughter says that Ms. Harris is her friend in her head.
She did indeed!
Now that’s how you educate the public. Thank you, @NicolleDWallace
#BarrHearing Turn in your resignation, William Barr. It’s over. #Resign
Brian Williams says @KamalaHarris drew blood in that hearing. Kamala Harris said Barr made a decision without reviewing the evidence, and says Barr should resign.
I told y’all she was Queen Kunta 👑👑👑
That look when Black women have the goods on your ass………..
There are way too many Americans who underestimate the intelligence of women in general and women of color specifically. Huge mistake.
Sen. Harris put Barr’s @ss in a corner and stuck a dunce hat on his head, and she did it on a public platform for posterity. It seems Sen. Booker was taking mental notes during Sen. Harris’s questioning of Barr. LOL.
Senator Hirono was kicking Barr’s a*ss but good. That’s why Lindsey stepped in. She had him on the ropes tearing him up! 🔥🔥🔥
#BarrHearing @ChrisCoons killing it!
#BarrHearing Ben Sasse on Oleg Deripaska: A bottom feeding scum-sucker
Elizabeth Warren calling on Barr to resign!
A fucking power grab. But his ass is grass tho.
#BarrHearing @LindseyGrahamSC is shutting it down to give Barr a chance to catch his breath because they’re lighting his a*ss UP! @SenatorLeahy did him in.
Barr is just pitiful. Impeach this bum. He’s UNFIT for the Office of Attorney General.
Senator Leahy is BOSS………
@SenatorLeahy has Barr shook! #BarrHearing #SenateJudiciaryCommittee
Lindsey Graham is falling apart. He even forgot to swear in William Barr. He’s tripping BIG time! #SenateJudiciaryCommittee
Ms Graham must have the vapors. His heart is ALL a flutter!
#SenateJudiciaryCommittee .@LindseyGrahamSC How can it be over when you haven’t read all of the Mueller report? My God! #Incompetence
Stop lying Lindsey Graham
IMPEACH THIS LYING THUG………..
Was he promised something? Money?
John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) Tweeted:
Let’s be very clear what this really means:
(1) it means Mueller believes Trump and his co-conspirators opstructed justice
(2) it means Mueller knows Barr is now obstructing justice
(3) it means the DOJ is totally compromised
(4) it threatens everything
Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) Tweeted:
The point made in my new piece is simple: Democrats either take scalps of just call it a day and let Trump wreck the Republic.
You know who Barr and Trump are, now. Proceed accordingly. https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1123385393565581312?s=17
#ImpeachBarr #MuellerLetter Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
What in the world was Barr thinking? Why did he do it? What was he promised?
Actually Barr just doesn’t seem too bright.
Attorney General Barr stood before the American people and brazenly lied about the Mueller report. He need to go to JAIL. Lock his ass up!