Bob Mueller’s March letter to Attorney General Barr said that Barr’s four-page memo to Congress “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s work. Barr then said his report was not intended to summarize Mueller’s full report and that Mueller’s letter was “a bit snitty.”
The letter was not written by Mueller but by another member of the large Mueller team. Barr said that after he received it, he called Mueller to ask, “Bob, what’s with the letter? Why don’t you just pick up the phone and call me if there’s an issue?” “My understanding was, his concern was not the accuracy of the statement of the findings in my letter, but that he wanted more out there to provide additional context to explain his reasoning and why he didn’t reach a decision on obstruction.”
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When Sen. Chris Van Hollen asked Barr, D-Md., if Mueller supported his conclusion, Barr replied, “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.”
But as one commentator opined, “But he did know. He knew that Mueller felt his report was not being properly contextualized and wanted more information to be released so that voters and lawmakers could make their own determinations on several questions not definitively answered by the report — especially whether or not the president had obstructed justice. Prosecutors can debate if this fits within the exacting requirements of the statute used to prosecute false statements made under oath to Congress, 18 USC Section 1001 — or whether Barr, a savvy lawyer, walked the line just enough to avoid breaking the law.” This federal statute provides, in relevant part:
(a)Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
Barr did not lie before Congress– Nany Pelosi is wrong when she claims that he did. Barr might have couched his testimony in a favorable light towards the President, but he did not make a material false statement. He expressed an opinion based on years of legal experience.
We question whether he even spun his remarks favorably towards the President. The Democrats need to move on and address issues that Americans care about.