Robert Mueller may have the green light to answer one of the questions Democrats are most excited to ask, Neal Katyal explained on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday.
Katyal, the former acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration, believes the rules have changed for Mueller since he submitted his reports and made his brief public comments.
Katyal explained, “We know that Mueller’s by the book, so he wants to stick to the four corners of the report. But the book has changed, because after he turned his report in, Barr said, ‘oh, you could have actually told the American people did Mr. Trump commit a crime.’ And if, now that Barr is saying that’s permissible for Mueller to have done … I think Mueller should be asked that question by Congress and should answer that question because Barr is saying that’s fair game to answer, Mueller.”
“So there is this sort of strange situation where the Justice Department is willing to characterize what happened in Mueller’s office, but Mueller’s being told that he, himself, is not allowed to. There is also the circumstance in which the attorney general, as Neal says, has sort of redefined what the rules are and whether or not Mueller should have said whether or not the president committed crimes. Will Robert Mueller see those things that Attorney General Barr has said as the policy of the Justice Department that he should follow because they’re proclamations by the A.G.?” Maddow asked.
“Yeah, I think it puts Bob in a very difficult spot,” former DOJ official Chuck Rosenberg replied. “I mean, I’ve learned to take that man at his word, having worked for him.”
“I understand that Mr. Barr opened the door. I get that. But I don’t think it’s in Bob Mueller’s DNA to do it,” he explained.
“It may not be in his DNA, but doesn’t he have to?” Katyal asked. I mean, this is a guy who oversaw this 22-month investigation, didn’t reach a conclusion because of this legal barrier that he thought existed and then you have the attorney general saying I’m your boss, that legal barrier doesn’t exist.”
“I think he’s got to answer the question,” Katyal added.
“I would love to be wrong,” Rosenberg replied.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.
The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.
It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.
Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.
"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."
Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.
White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."
Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.
Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.