In his latest letter to Congress — announcing the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the public in mid-April — Attorney General Bill Barr complained that his previous 4-page review of the over 400-page was described as a “summary.”
According to the AG, that characterization was unfair.
Twitter users who have have harshly accused the chief law enforcement official of covering up for President Donald Trump were quick to point out calling it a summary was generous.
Some responses below:
Barr, 5 days ago: “I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.”
Barr, today: The media called my letter a “summary” of the report. Fake news!
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 29, 2019
Also, note Barr shakes his finger at the “press, other public statements”…and Chairman Nadler’s characterization of Barr’s four page letter. When in fact the 4 pager was a move by Barr akin to throwing blood into the GOP barracuda tank. Woopsy.
— CarolG (@cabcbg) March 29, 2019
This strikes me as Barr potentially trying to gloss over his first letter when the report diverges from his conclusions. It also raises the question of why release the letters days apart and not all together. 5/
— Erin Dunne (@erinelsadunne) March 29, 2019
AG Barr today: my letter wasn’t a summary!
AG Barr last Sunday: “Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to SUMMARIZE the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.”
— mbverille (@mbverille) March 29, 2019
Jerry Nadler responds to the new Barr letter: "As I informed the Attorney General earlier this week, Congress requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence, by April 2. That deadline still stands."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 29, 2019
Bill Barr says his summary wasn't a summary after all. pic.twitter.com/fqTcoES6GI
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 29, 2019
Maybe notable, maybe nothing:
Attorney General Barr contests the characterization that his four-page letter was a “summary” of Mueller’s report.
Like everyone else, I don’t know what to make of that, but I do know the expectations on this report are *very* low now.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) March 29, 2019
Obstructor General William Barr now admits that his 4-page whitewash did not convey the content of Mueller’s report. https://t.co/Sy4k7kDDH4
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 29, 2019