John Dean, the former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, suspected Attorney General Bill Barr was trying to polish Robert Mueller’s report so it wouldn’t sound so dire for the president.
In a CNN panel discussion Sunday, Dean explained why he thinks the Mueller report is far worse than folks might think based on the Barr summary.
“I think something with Barr put a little bit of lipstick on here — something that may have been fairly ugly,” Dean told CNN’s Don Lemon. “I have suspicions he boiled this down the way he did because it’s not very attractive, Don. His words are very different from Barrs, I suspect. I think he had a heads-up on this.”
Dean also anticipated that Barr likely “backed off” on the obstruction issue because there is likely a disagreement with the Department of Justice about it.
“There was a fundamental disagreement with the department as to whether a sitting president was capable of obstructing justice,” Dean said, citing Barr’s 19-page memo. “If you read Barr’s memo, June 2018, he said, in essence, a president, unless he is named in a statute, is not subject to that statute. The president isn’t named in any of the obstruction statutes. If you push that out you can see how he reached the conclusion he did. I think Mueller was of a very different school of thinking and he just withdrew. Those issues will be sorted out as this report slowly, hopefully, surfaces.”
Lemon noted that Barr has already set the narrative, so if Mueller’s report is released and proves to be something entirely different from Barr, it’s possible people won’t believe it.
“It will be tough for Democrats and others investigating in the Congress to change that narrative, even if it’s something different than what Barr says in this letter,” Lemon said.
Watch his full comments below:
Pelosi slaps Trump with a backhanded compliment: ‘He’s a great distractor — that’s what this is about’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of making a racist attack on four U.S. congresswomen to distract from failures in his administration.
At a press conference, Pelosi told the reporters that lawmakers were "gentle" in condemning only Trump's tweets as "racist" in a recent vote.
"We weren't saying he is racist," she explained. "We were saying that the words that he used were racist."
"We all know the argument that could be made against us in terms of our philosophy, in terms of our priorities and the rest," Pelosi said. "And the president knows there are arguments that could be made against him and, therefore, he wants to distract from them."
‘You have to think about it?’ Kris Kobach goes down in epic flames when CNN’s Cuomo asks if he’d vote for a racist
Kris Kobach went down in flames going up against CNN host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, as the Kansas Republican attempted to "explain" what President Donald Trump "really said" about the four congresswomen of color he attacked Sunday.
Cuomo read Trump's quotes aloud asking if they were racist.
"Now you're editorializing it," Kobach said. "The problem with Twitter, it's 140 characters and since it's so vague--"
As a point of fact, Trump used three tweets to say what he said about the women, not editing it down to 280 characters.
"He said the words," Cuomo fact-checked.
CNN blasted for giving a platform to white supremacist Richard Spencer to defend Trump’s racism
CNN was highly criticized on Monday for interviewing Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist who took part in the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"CNN interviewed white supremacist Richard Spencer during a Tuesday segment on President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, in another example of a news outlet inadvertently giving a large platform to white supremacists," The Daily Beast reported.