The Trump administration's habit of constantly lying has cost the Department of Justice credibility with at least one federal judge.
US District Judge Reggie Walton on Thursday issued a ruling saying he would personally review the redactions in the Mueller report.
Before the redacted copy of the report was released, Attorney General William Barr issued a "summary" of the report's findings. When the redacted report was released, it became clear that Barr had grossly misled the American people.
The judge cited Barr's credibility gap in his ruling.
"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," 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."
Judge Walton on Barr: 'The actions of Attorney General Barr and his representations about the Mueller Report preclu… https://t.co/sRJXi5YsKK— Mike Scarcella (@Mike Scarcella) 1583444363.0
BREAKING: Judge won't take DOJ's word on deletions from Mueller report. Orders that he get unredacted copy to revie… https://t.co/20AstghWfA— Josh Gerstein (@Josh Gerstein) 1583445184.0
BREAKING in my/@BuzzFeedNews/@EPICprivacy #FOIA lawsuit to unredact the Mueller report Judge Walton just ordered… https://t.co/3zspGAHZzd— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold) 1583444983.0
Wow, not every day you see a federal judge essentially saying the AG misled the American people. https://t.co/V7VQ4nSZ99— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1583444644.0