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Barr: Mueller ‘Very Clear’ DOJ Did Not Misrepresent Final Report

"But he was very clear with me that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report..."

By NTK Staff | 05.01.2019 @12:04pm

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr disputed reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had concerns about Barr’s March 24 letter summarizing the principle conclusions of Mueller’s final report regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The New York Times reported that Mueller sent a letter Barr that “revealed deep concern about how Mr. Barr handled the initial release of the special counsel’s findings — which Mr. Mueller said created ‘public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.’”

However, according to Barr, Mueller “was very clear” with him “that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report,” during a recent phone call between the two.

“That’s what we were trying to do – notify the people as to the bottom line conclusion. We were not trying to summarize the 410-page report,” Barr said.

Barr added that he had offered Mueller the opportunity to review Barr’s summary letter before he released it, but Mueller declined.

“On Thursday morning, I received a letter from Bob. The letter that’s just been put into the record,” Barr said referring to Mueller’s letter. “I called Bob and said, ‘What’s the issue here?'” Barr said. “I asked him if he was suggesting that the March 24 letter was inaccurate, and he said, ‘no but that the press reporting had been inaccurate, and that press was reading too much into it.”

Barr said that he had asked Mueller specifically what his concern was with the press reporting.

“And he said that his concern focused on his explanation of why he did not reach a conclusion on obstruction, and he wanted more put on that issue,” Barr said.

Barr then informed the committee that Mueller argued for the executive summaries his team wrote regarding the investigation to be released.

“But he was very clear with me that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report,” Barr said. “I told Bob that I was not interested in putting out summaries, and I wasn’t going to put out the report piecemeal. I wanted to get the whole report out,” Barr said. “And I thought summaries by very definition, regardless of who prepared them, would be under-inclusive and we’d have sort of a series of different debates and public discord over each tranche of information that went out, and I wanted to get everything out at once.”

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