William Barr: Five questions for United States attorney general

William Barr: Five questions for United States attorney general

According to the letter, Mueller said that Barr's summary of his report "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the investigation into accusations against President Donald Trump.

Barr also said that while Mueller's team did not come to a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, he had consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and determined there was not enough evidence to criminally charge the president with an obstruction offense.

Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Democrats called on the justice department's watchdog to independently investigate Barr's handling of the Mueller report and "whether he has demonstrated sufficient impartiality" to continue overseeing 14 criminal matters related to the special counsel's investigation.

In their final report in the investigation, Mueller's team wrote that they declined to make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on whether the president sought to thwart the Russian Federation inquiry.

"This threatens to undermine a central objective for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations", he added. What we do know is that Barr never followed Mueller's suggestion to immediately release his executive summaries - which were later released with the redacted report.

Mueller declined to accuse Trump of a crime, referring to Justice Department policy precluding the indictment of a sitting president, but specifically said that what he had uncovered made him unable to exonerate the president. While there's no evidence of that, the justice department did obtain a secret warrant to surveil Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, and used an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant to approach Page, George Papadopoulos - who also advised the Trump team - and Sam Clovis, the campaign's national co-chair.


Attorney General William Barr arrives for a press conference about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice, April 18, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Barr also said in the summary that Mueller had not reached a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

The Justice Department confirmed the authenticity of that language.

Barr is expected to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Nadler has vowed to "use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena" for Barr's appearance later this week, Washington Examiner reported.

In a statement, the Justice Department said Mr Mueller had been frustrated over a lack of context in media coverage.


Julian Castro, a 2020 Democratic presidential-primary candidate, said Mr. Barr must be removed from office.

According to Barr's statement, an analyst said less than eight percent of the public report was redacted.

Mueller and Barr, it has been noted, are friends.

But it now appears he had discussed Mueller's concerns with the special counsel before then.

Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Obama White House "spied" on his campaign.

Mueller's letter is likely to be brought up when Barr testifies on Wednesday about the Russian Federation investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has been negotiating with Barr over a Thursday appearance, demanded that the Justice Department produce the letter by Wednesday morning.

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