AG Bill Barr puts words in Mueller's mouth that Mueller didn't say.
Posted By: pangloss
Date: Saturday 1 June 2019, at 01:31 pm
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In the interview and the summary letter he issued, Barr says that if Mueller had concluded obstruction of justice had occurred then he would have said so and written it in the report.
I think that's what Barr told trump - that the report does not conclude the president committed any crimes and therefore exonerates trump. Whether Barr said 'exonerate' or trump interpreted what Barr told him as exoneration is an interesting question. So in the period immediately after the report was released to the DOJ the president was tweeting, declaring in his helicopter boarding statements and chanting in his pep rallies "No collusion, No obstruction".
So, the redacted report is released to Congress and publicly and it clearly does not exonerate the president. The report and Mueller's statement say they were precluded by DOJ policy from issuing an indictment of the president or declaring an opinion that an obstruction crime had occurred. So the report gives compelling evidence of ten instances of obstruction crimes but does not include the statements "therefore, we conclude" due to DOJ policy. That's what is in Mueller's report and that's what he said in the briefing the other day.
trump apparently heard (I'm sure he hasn't read the report) Fox say Mueller did not clear him. So trump resurrected calling Mueller 'highly conflicted' and all the lawyers and FBI agents on the special council's team are coup organizers and subversive under-cover democrats.
Barr is trying to define the narrative and spin the story to be exculpatory. Mueller writes and said nothing of the sort. Summarizing what Mueller said:
Russian intelligence officers who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system.
..they used sophisticated cybertechniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks.
The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.
...as set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not...
(the report) explains that under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.
(In accord with DOJ policy) we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime.
Barr's statements do not accurately convey Mueller's report or statements.
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