A former US Attorney explained how Attorney General William Barr's summary worked to spin special counsel Robert Mueller's report before its redacted release — and why the public should now ignore that summary.
"The more I read this, the more I think that we need to just completely disregard all of the things William Barr has told us," Barbara McQuade, the former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan told her MSNBC co-panelists Thursday.
McQuade mused that the attorney general "correctly gauged that he could set expectations by telling us what was in it and then we would read those things and believe what he told us was in it."
While Barr was "accurate about the conclusions" Mueller reached, his assertion that the special counsel intended to leave the obstruction of justice issue up to the attorney general was not part of the former prosecutor's reading.
The actual contents of the redacted report, however, are quite "contrary" to his summaries.
"I don't see anywhere here that Robert Mueller intended to it leave to the attorney general," McQuade said. "In fact, it appears to me that he intended to leave to Congress. And he sets out all the evidence, he says it is not enough to establish a crime nor does it exonerate President Trump."
There appears to be, she added, ten "separate instances of obstruction of justice that Congress out to take a look at."
"Let's not forget that obstruction of justice was part of the Nixon impeachment articles, part of the Clinton impeachment articles," McQuade concluded. "It is sort of what we think about when we think about impeachment."