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Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute

Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute

Barr said Mueller told him press reports were reading too much into Barr's letter and Mueller wanted the public to see more of his reasoning for not answering the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

US Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report after it was revealed that Mueller sent a letter to the top Justice Department official expressing frustration over how his team's findings were being portrayed.

Mr Mueller asked Mr Barr to release the report's introductions and executive summaries quickly, without waiting for the full report to go through the redaction process. Schiff, speaking to "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, said that Barr's false statements are "serious business" for the Congress.

Graham said that the committee "might" review the email case and vowed to investigate the FBI's investigation. The Justice Department has resisted a format that would let the committee's Democratic and Republican counsels grill Barr for as long as 30 minutes at a stretch after initial five-minute exchanges with lawmakers.

The attorney general in his prepared remarks to lawmakers defended his decision to write that President Trump did not obstruct justice, a finding that runs counter to Mueller's report.

"The attorney general should not have taken it upon himself to describe the special counsel's findings in a light more favorable to the president", Rep.

Mr Barr's summary said there was no collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign in the 2016 election, but it did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.

According to the report: "The President asked McGahn, 'Did I say the word "fire"?' McGahn responded, 'What you said is, "Call Rod [Rosenstein], tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can't be the Special Counsel."' The President responded, 'I never said that'".

"He was very clear with me that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report", he said. But Barr said he was not "not interested in putting out summaries".

According to Justice Department officials, Mueller indicated in the conversation that he did not find fault with the accuracy of the memo but rather with conclusions drawn in media coverage. One imagines that members of Mueller's team pushed him to write a letter of complaint to Barr - a letter that, reportedly, he couldn't defend when the two men talked by phone. In it he says - and he isn't talking about press reaction.

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Robert Mueller testifies at a Senate Judiciary Hearing focusing on the attempted bombing incident on Northwest Flight 253 January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

These statements resurfaced Tuesday (April 30) following the revelation that Mueller had sent a letter to Barr two weeks earlier objecting to the attorney general's characterization of the probe. This threatens to undermine a central goal for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: "to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations", the Post quoted Mueller as writing. "I thought he was unfit when he was appointed, I opposed him and now, clearly the Department of Justice needs new leadership", Blumenthal said.

"Contrary to declarations of total and complete exoneration, the special counsel's report contained substantial evidence of misconduct", said Sen.

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