Attorney General William Barr called a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller criticizing his summary of the Mueller report “a bit snitty” while being questioned by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Wednesday.
When being questioned by Blumenthal in the afternoon, Barr criticized the letter addressed to him by special counsel Robert Mueller criticizing his summary of the investigation. Barr said the contents of the letter were “a bit snitty.” Barr also said he believed the letter was not written by Mueller himself, but rather by a staffer.
“You know, the letter is a bit snitty and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people,” said Barr.
Source: Fox News
The letter to Barr was revealed on Tuesday in a report by The Washington Post. Though the report claims Mueller was unsatisfied with the way the attorney general summarized the case, he did not accused Barr of misrepresenting any actual illegal activity.
“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this offices work and conclusions,” Mueller’s letter read in part.
Barr also objected to Mueller being called a “career prosecutor” and instead referred to him as a “political appointee.”
The attorney general said once Mueller handed over the results of the investigation, it became Barr’s “baby” and it was up to him to decide how best to release it to the public. He decided to write his own four-page summary instead of release the multiple summaries written by Mueller’s office.
Blumenthal also mentioned a phone call between Mueller and Barr where Mueller reportedly expressed concerns about the release of his report, similar in nature to the letter sent to Barr.
The senator asked Barr to hand over notes taken by staffers from the phone call, which Barr quickly refused to do.
“Why should you have them?” he said. The attorney general said what was exchanged between he and Mueller is none of Blumenthal’s business and the notes on the phone call in no way help with any questions about the investigation.
The phone call was also revealed in the Washington Post report, though Mueller did not accuse of Barr of hiding any illegal activity by the president in the phone call either.
Barr was grilled by multiple Democrats on Wednesday when he testified in front of senators. Though the Mueller report proves the president is not guilty of collusion, Democrats have insisted that he is guilty of obstruction of justice. Barr disagreed with this assessment multiple times on Wednesday.
The Mueller report draws no concrete conclusion on Trump’s obstruction guilt. Barr said at one point on Wednesday that the part of the Mueller report that refuses to swing one way or the other on Trump’s obstruction of justice guilt is “very strange.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said at one point during Wednesday’s hearing that Democrats have “slandered” Barr since he released the Mueller report. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the attorney general has been dragged through the “Kavanaugh treatment” by Democrats.
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