Mueller criticised attorney-general's summary of Russian Federation investigation

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III submitted his investigation to the Justice Department in March

The customary histrionics followed.

Barr testified about the Russian Federation report before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he defended his summary and feelings that Trump's actions were not illegal.

"The "Saturday Night Massacre" occurred because the attorney general and other high-ranking officials in the Justice Department would not do what President Nixon wanted them to do, which was basically, stop investigating me", Clinton said. The usual suspects called for impeachment.

In total, these summaries amount to about 18 pages of text that the special counsel said "accurately summarize this Office's work and conclusions".

"They then discussed whether additional context from the report would be helpful and could be quickly released". Instead, it was only supposed to make the report's "bottom-line conclusions" public. He certainly wouldn't know that no criminality was uncovered.

"AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he's not a credible head of federal law enforcement", said Senator Elizabeth Warren in a tweet.

Until the report itself was released, nearly everything the public knew about what was inside special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report was filtered through one man, Attorney General William Barr. "Turns out there is no collusion, there is no obstruction", said Trump. The phone call Blumenthal was asking about was a follow-up to Mueller's letter. There's been no evidence to contradict his claim.

The letter also provided a potential justification for a probe that Trump wants into those who began investigating his possible ties to Russian Federation in 2016, when he was still a candidate. And that is Barr's other sin: refusing to play Mueller's game. "We need to hear directly from the special counsel about his report, and about his findings". No one could reasonably expect Barr's original four-page letter to capture the full essence of a two-year investigation that cost tens of millions of dollars and dominated news cycles since mid-2017.

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"So I don't know what they're talking about".

"He lied to Congress", Ms Pelosi said, apparently referring to Barr's testimony under oath in April.

For Democrats and their allies, an investigation "not clearing" someone makes that someone as good as guilty if he happens to be a Republican. Sen.

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee's top Republican, said Mr Barr did not appear before that panel because Mr Nadler had insisted on an aggressive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee's lawmakers. What was the point of the Mueller report, then? Enter the special counsel himself. When there was an actual legal question, he expanded on his reasoning.

Barr said he called Mueller after he received his letter. It's absurd, and another sign of how this is all just partisan bluster.

Last month, Barr, during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, suggested that Trump's campaign was spied on, saying he would be looking into the "genesis" of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation that began in 2016 of potential ties between the campaign and the Russian government. But the lack of leadership at the White House and a failure to put the country before politics was troubling, he said.

Democrats convened a short hearing that included an empty chair with a place card set for Barr.

Mr Nadler had set a Wednesday deadline for Mr Barr to hand over the unredacted report and its underlying evidence.

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