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Robert Mueller frustrated by Trump appointee's summary of his investigation, letter reveals

Robert Mueller frustrated by Trump appointee's summary of his investigation, letter reveals

Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked Attorney General William Barr in late March to quickly release a fuller summary of his investigation, saying that Barr's initial letter summarizing the findings caused "public confusion" and risked undermining public confidence in the investigation.

Mueller's March 27 letter said that the executive summaries were "in a form that can be released to the public consistent with the legal requirements and Department policies", and he requested that Barr "provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time [emphasis ours]".

William Barr appeared before a Senate panel to defend his removal of parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to protect sensitive information.

In it he says he had to make a "prosecutorial judgment" on whether Trump had committed obstruction of justice after the special counsel left the question open.

The Justice Department said Barr and Mueller had spoken on the phone to discuss what Mueller had said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein questions Attorney General Bill Barr on why he believes the president's alleged direction to have the special counsel removed can not be proven as obstruction beyond a reasonable doubt.

The US attorney general has defended his handling of the Russian Federation inquiry amid complaints he misrepresented the special counsel's findings.

According to the report: "The President asked McGahn, 'Did I say the word "fire"?' McGahn responded, 'What you said is, "Call Rod [Rosenstein], tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can't be the Special Counsel."' The President responded, 'I never said that'".

Wallace, who was on the show first, said, "I think Bill Barr is going to get roasted today by the Democrats and the Republicans will have to do some rehabilitation to try and restore him", adding that it's "much ado about something".

"Attorney General Barr misled the public and owes the American people answers", she said on Twitter. That was a stark turnabout from his confirmation hearing, when he said he didn't believe Mueller would ever be on a witch hunt.

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President Donald Trump said his administration would fight all subpoenas, adding, "Democrats are trying to win 2020". Barr rejected the additional rounds of questioning, CNN , NBC News and the Hill reported.

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Barr's four-page summary was released more than three weeks before a redacted version of Mueller's 448-page report was released to the public on April 18.

The special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr last month objecting to his conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the Russian Federation investigation, according to The New York Times.

In a prepared statement for the committee, Barr defended his handling of the special counsel's investigation. This threatens to undermine a central objective for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: "to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigation".

Barr is also scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, but that hearing could be cancelled or postponed amid a dispute about whether committee staff lawyers will question the attorney general.

Mr. Barr has said he would move quickly to release the almost 400-page report but needed time to scrub out confidential information.

Barr said: "No, I don't".

DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed Tuesday night that Mueller was particularly concerned about the representation of the obstruction volume.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, on Tuesday accused Barr of misleading the committee in his previous testimony and called on him to resign.