Attorney General Bill Barr received harsh criticism on Thursday after a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice lacks credibility.
The ruling was in a case seeking the release of an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
"The actions of Attorney General Barr and his representations about the Mueller Report preclude the Court’s acceptance of the validity of the Department’s redactions without its independent verification," US District Judge Reggie Walton wrote. "The court will conduct an independent review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report to determine whether it concurs with the Department’s determination."
Legal experts were stunned by the decision, here's some of what people were saying:
This is an extraordinary opinion. A federal judge finds that Barr exhibited a "lack of candor" and "made a calculat… https://t.co/Jo0OfP8dfS— Daniel Jacobson (@Daniel Jacobson) 1583445267.0
This is remarkable. A federal judge (appointed by GW Bush) says it flat-out: "AG Barr's lack of candor specifically… https://t.co/N6i0eZJ7KB— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig) 1583446516.0
The judge agrees to take the unusual step of reviewing the full Mueller report to see if DOJ’s redactions are legal… https://t.co/qX1dryv58w— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1583447273.0
Attorney General Barr should resign. https://t.co/wJAWWMBKJf— Common Cause (@Common Cause) 1583446709.0
This is just not the type of thing you read from federal judges about the attorney general. The fact he felt the ne… https://t.co/Zw2RXhe1ei— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1583445659.0
Judge Walton don't play no games!! I have known him since I was in law school! https://t.co/JgtWB6IKmc— Sophia A. Nelson (@Sophia A. Nelson) 1583448463.0
#BREAKING: Federal judge issues ruling saying he can not trust AG Bill Barr’s Department of Justice https://t.co/pE74R8zsbk— Raw Story (@Raw Story) 1583445719.0