Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Here we go!
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) immediately unleashed on Attorney General Bill Barr following a report by the Washington Post that revealed Mueller wrote a letter to Bill Barr just three days after the attorney general released his summary of the special counsel’s “principal conclusions.”
Nadler accused Barr of writing a misleading 4-page summary of Mueller’s report to Congress and said the attorney general purposely withheld Mueller’s letter from Congress.
Mueller wrote Bill Barr a letter on March 27th, just three days after the attorney general released a 4-page summary to Congress confirming Mueller did not find any evidence Trump conspired with the Kremlin during the 2016 election complaining that Barr “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s report, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post.
Mueller did not accuse Bill Barr of releasing an inaccurate letter to Congress, rather, he felt the media coverage of the letter misinterpreted the Russia investigation.
But when do the Democrats ever care about facts?
Nadler immediately released a statement in a Medium post in response to WaPo’s leak about Mueller’s letter and twisted the story to fit his warped narrative:
“The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Mueller wrote to Attorney General Barr last month to object to the Attorney General’s summary of his work because it ‘did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance’ of the investigation. The Special Counsel was concerned, among other things, that the Attorney General’s mischaracterization ‘threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.’ He also requested that the Department release the introduction and executive summaries prepared by the Special Counsel’s team — as I did at the time,” Nadler wrote.
“The Special Counsel’s concerns reflect our own. The Attorney General should not have taken it upon himself to describe the Special Counsel’s findings in a light more favorable to the President. It was only a matter of time before the facts caught up to him,” Nadler added.
Nadler then accused Bill Barr of withholding Mueller’s letter from Congress and demanded a copy from the DOJ.
“Attorney General Barr also should not have withheld this letter from Congress for as long as he has. I have demanded a copy from the Department of Justice. I have asked that it be delivered no later than 10:00 tomorrow morning.
Rep. Nadler used the leak to WaPo to put pressure on Barr to appear before the Judiciary Committee Thursday and to argue that Mueller needs to testify as well.
“The Attorney General has expressed some reluctance to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday. These reports make it that much more important for him to appear and answer our questions. The Department of Justice has also been reluctant to confirm a date for Special Counsel Mueller to testify. Given this evening’s reports, I will press the Department to schedule that hearing without delay.”
This well-timed leak to WaPo was purposely done to put pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr during his scheduled testimonies this week and to give the perception that Barr misled the American people when he released the summary of Mueller’s “principal conclusions.”
Nadler fired off a misleading tweet to make it appear Bill Barr lied when asked during a Senate testimony if Mueller supported his conclusion.
Mueller never stated either way — his letter was focused on his frustrations over the media coverage of the letter, not Bill Barr’s summary.
Furthermore, Mueller’s report has already been released to the public and it completely obliterates the Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.
I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. “Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter. https://t.co/IiK5zJYtAS
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) May 1, 2019