Rod Rosenstein: Saying Barr Is Misleading with Mueller Summary 'Bizarre'

  • Rod Rosenstein: Saying Barr Is Misleading with Mueller Summary 'Bizarre'

Rod Rosenstein: Saying Barr Is Misleading with Mueller Summary 'Bizarre'

Attorney General Bill Barr has indicated he will hand over a restricted copy of the 400-page report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that edits out "sensitive" details sometime next week.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe in May 2017, after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who had directed the investigation to that point.

Mueller turned over the report on his almost two-year investigation into the election on March 22, and two days later Barr released a four page summary of the special counsel's "key findings". "Before seeing its contents, Nunes labeled Mueller's report a "partisan document" and said "we can just burn it up, ' even as most of Trump's supporters were celebrating the news - as described publicly by Barr - that Mueller "did not establish" a conspiracy between the campaign and the Russian government".

According to the report, "The Justice Department declined multiple inquiries about whether Barr intends to meet with Nunes'".

Barr and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said they had determined that a criminal charge against Trump was not appropriate, based on evidence gathered by Mueller. He has promised to release a redacted version of the full report in April.

Barr was on Capitol Hill last week testifying before a panel of the House Appropriations Committee on unrelated budget matters, and he was clear that he didn't want to talk much about the Mueller report - but Democrats certainly did.

Attorney General Barr is likely going to release the "vast majority" of the Mueller report, including showing how it reached its "no collusion" conclusion and begging the question why was there an investigation "in the first place", according to President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.