CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Wednesday said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s full letter to Attorney General Bill Barr about his handling of the special counsel’s final report was a searing indictment of the way he put partisanship above the rule of law.
In the letter, Mueller accused the attorney general of creating “confusion” and undermining the “central purpose” of his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Looking over the letter, Toobin said it was extraordinary for someone as by-the-book as Mueller to issue such a damning letter of his own boss.
“That is a scathing, outraged letter,” Toobin said. “Accusing the attorney general of completely distorting and lying to the public about what Mueller spent two years on. I mean, that is not a polite letter among old friends. That is an accusation of political interference in Mueller’s work. That is not a routine letter in any sense of the word.”
Legal analyst Susan Hennessey similarly called Barr’s actions in intercepting Mueller’s findings on whether the president obstructed justice to be inexcusable.
“What Bill Barr has done, what Robert Mueller is fairly clearly accusing him of having done, is undermining the central purpose of having a special counsel,” she said. “This is the most critical example, an investigation of the president into the circumstances of his election, potential crimes committed while in office. That really is just indefensible.”
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