Mueller Called Out Barr for Lying About His Findings

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Because a redacted version of the Mueller report was eventually released to the public, we know that Attorney General William Barr lied to Congress when he summarized the report for them.

Another person who knows that Barr lied is Mueller himself who -- according to the Washington Post which first reported the news last night -- wrote a letter to Barr to make it clear that his summary was a lie.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post. [...]

At the time Mueller’s letter was sent to Barr on March 27, Barr had days prior announced that Mueller did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials seeking to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In his memo to Congress, Barr also said that Mueller had not reached a conclusion about whether Trump had tried to obstruct justice, but that Barr reviewed the evidence and found it insufficient to support such a charge.

Days after Barr’s announcement, Mueller wrote the previously undisclosed private letter to the Justice Department, laying out his concerns in stark terms that shocked senior Justice Department officials, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Barr's initial announcement and the subsequent summary of Mueller's report that he addressed to Congress were not the only times he lied about Mueller's findings.

Barr also testified in front of Congress and said he didn't know if Mueller disagreed with his assessment of the Mueller report, but we now know that's not true. Barr had already received Mueller's rebuttal before he appeared in front of Congress.

If you had any doubt at all that Barr is politically compromised and in the tank for Trump, this should dispel your doubts.

Barr never should have been confirmed as the attorney general, but his apparent loyalty to Trump is why Senate Republicans confirmed him.

The Republican party only believes in the rule of law if it does not apply to them.

  • muselet

    Golly gosh. William Barr lied about the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s team?

    Why, you could knock me down with a proverbial.


  • Aynwrong

    Shred the rules, ignore the norms and forget whatever passed for acceptable in the past. The other side of the aisle is not comprised of the loyal opposition but hardened enemies. Scorch the earth, burn all the bridges, pick up a proverbial tire iron and go to town on your enemies.

    That’s not a description of the GOP’s behavior. It’s what we need from Democrats. They’re at war with a party of corrupt, un-American savages whether they are willing to admit it or not.

  • Badgerite

    Holy, fffing shit.
    Allegra Kirkland @allegrakirkland
    This was one of the most ** moments of the hearing so far.
    “Because trump felt ‘falsely accused’ by Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation, which he felt was “propelled by his political opponents”, it was only natural he would try to stop it, Barr testified.
    As the Attorney General put it: “That is not a corrupt motive.”
    This rationalization basically gives the President a carte blanche with any probe he feels unfairly targeted by. It echoes Barr’s previous sympathetic statements about trump trying to alter witness testimony and urging officials to fire Mueller
    because he felt ‘frustrated’.”

    So it wasn’t obstruction because it didn’t succeed and even if it did succeed it’s not obstruction because he felt “targeted”.
    And his criminal fee fees were hurt. Sure.
    And all the lying they, he and his campaign, did during and after the election was in the interests of what?
    Keeping his fee fees safe?
    This is ridiculous and would not pass anyone’s laugh test except maybe Lindsey Graham’s who seems to think there were no mid terms.

    • Christopher Foxx

      “I’m really feeling frustrated and targeted by that homicide detective who keeps asking about what happened to my wife. So clearly everything I did to stop his investigation, including the fire I set that burned down his house, were appropriate and allowed actions.”

      The real scary thing is, they actually believe what they’re saying.

      • Badgerite

        I don’t think they do. It is too absurd. And only applies, of course, to Republicans. If you will recall, they wanted to “lock her up” for literally nothing but what amounted to an administrative concern about her using a private server for SOME non- classified emails. A server that, unlike the State Department’s, had never been hacked. And truly sensitive and properly classified information Hillary Clinton insisted on being delivered to her in person by diplomatic pouch. The emails in question were mostly chain emails of minor importance. And all communications between Hillary Clinton and State Department personnel would have been captured and preserved on the server at the State Department so there were no “lost” or “destroyed” emails. There would have been duplicates of any state department communications. In short, they do not believe it.
        They are just that cynical and dishonest.

        • Christopher Foxx

          I don’t think the absurdity is apparent to them. As you note, they wanted to “lock her up” over a minor administrative issue. Do you really think if you’d asked any of the folks chanting that that they’d say “Yeah, I’m just kidding. I don’t really want to see her in jail.”?

          Or would they say “Yeah, I truly do believe she’s a criminal and should be in jail?”

          • Badgerite

            Well, I meant the people behind the “lock her up” bullshit. People at large are not that well versed in the issue and not very well informed even by the mainstream press to know what a crock of shit the “lock her up” bullshit is. No one in the media mentions that any email communications to or from Secretary Clinton and the Department of State would have been preserved on the State Department server as required by the Federal Records Act. What would be on Hillary Clinton’s server would be redundant duplicates.
            Hillary Clinton’s private server, since it was accessed by fewer people than a sprawling State Department was far more secure than any government server. Her server was never hacked. The State Department server had been. The public at large may not be aware of this given the ridiculous reporting at the time.
            But Jason Chaffetz sure as hell did. The gop leadership certainly did. Rudy Giuliani surely did.
            I was reading the Mueller report this weekend and it is almost as if trump just imported his campaign from Russia. It’s incredible how much “collusion” there was. Campaign people were, indeed, communicating with Russians working for the IRA but the excuse is they were ‘unaware’ of this as they were posing as American citizens. Uh huh. Eric, and Junior and Kelleyanne and trump retweeted fake Russian IRA tweets. IRA operators literally organized rallies for them in the US. They funneled in social media, money through the NRA, and Mueller specifically states that there was communications that were encrypted or destroyed, people who took the Fifth, and any number of attempts by trump himself to shut the investigation down.
            This was an investigation that revealed to the public that Russia had hacked into the websites for State Secretaries of State, voting rolls and companies that sold software for voting machines used by states. The idea that this investigation was somehow illegitimate is utterly ridiculous. This wasn’t just a ‘PR’ campaign by Russia. This is literally the kind of operation that landed them in trouble in Ukraine for tampering with the vote tallies.
            The report is absolutely worth the read. Though there are a lot of redacted pages. Whole pages, mind you. It looks to me like Barr shut the investigation down early. The Harm to Ongoing Matter redaction simply means that the investigation and prosecutions were not done and could be jeopardized by the kind of statements of “total exoneration” that Barr is lying through his teeth to put out there. Sorry to go on. But I am utterly disgusted with the gop at this point.

  • Badgerite

    As Senator Feinstein points out in the hearing, when trump sends a message to Manafort that he should “sit tight and he will be taken care of” that is subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice. Manafort subsequently did a fair amount of lying to Mueller. But the “gaps” in knowledge that Mueller mentioned in the report clearly are where the obstruction could succeed because Mueller didn’t have evidence from other sources to contradict a concocted story. That is how “obstruction” works when it is successful. And that is only one of the many instances that the Special Counsel team found. Attempted obstruction of justice my ass. This was actual and, if Barr has his way, successful obstruction of justice.
    Rule of law my ass. This is a blatant cover up.

  • Badgerite

    Cover-up 101. Course Bill Barr will be teaching upon leaving office.

  • Badgerite

    Shorter Bill Barr- “I do not recall.”
    So did trump take the Fifth and is that one of the redacted things in the Mueller report?
    ‘Inquiring Minds’ want to know.
    Did Junior take the Fifth?

    • Draxiar

      And “I do not care.”

      • Badgerite

        Barr seems confused as to “corrupt intent.” I can tell you who clearly does have “corrupt intent” and that would be Bill Barr.

        • Draxiar

          Right now most of the GOP in office has corrupt intent. They’ve put party power over country and betrayed their oath of office. I’m angry-frustrated by the fact that it’s been going on for so long and that they aren’t held to account for it (though the midterms were a sort of accounting). I’m raging at the fact that they call themselves patriots but gleefully discard the Constitution and tradition of process. We now have to codify good behavior to prevent the hinky shit that the Republicans pull because they cheat to win. Sorry man, I’m pretty pissed.

          • Badgerite

            I’m with you. Pissed is an understatement as to how I feel. Rosenstein’s BS makes me want to wretch. “Please don’t fire me by tweet.” ?????
            Seriously. Does that sound like the greatness of America.
            “Please don’t fire me by tweet.” Wusses, toadies and scumbags, all.
            I begin to think those jerks from the Federalist Society wouldn’t know the Rule of Law if it hit them in the face with a two by four.
            FYI be sure to check out Bob’s recent podcast with Sara Kendzior.
            She is spot on.

          • Draxiar

            Oh I’ve heard it. Here I’m Draxiar, there I’m Andrew Coutinho. I never miss an episode *wink*

          • Badgerite