Several of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr “failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated,” according to a bombshell report by The New York Times.
The Times reports that Mueller’s investigators “had already written multiple summaries of the report, and some team members believe that Mr. Barr should have included more of their material in the four-page letter he wrote on March 24 laying out their main conclusions, according to government officials familiar with the investigation. Mr. Barr only briefly cited the special counsel’s work in his letter.”
The Times, who based their report on government officials and others familiar with the team’s “simmering frustrations,” adds:
However, the special counsel’s office never asked Mr. Barr to release the summaries soon after he received the report, a person familiar with the investigation said. And the Justice Department quickly determined that the summaries contain sensitive information, like classified material, secret grand-jury testimony and information related to current federal investigations that must remain confidential, according to two government officials.
BREAKING: @nytimes reports that some of Mueller’s investigators see their findings as more damaging for Trump than Attorney General Barr revealed. @adamgoldmanNYT joins for the latest. #Hardball pic.twitter.com/6MZtYP3DKH
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Mueller submitted his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Trump on March 22.
Less than 48-hours later, Barr issued a four-page summary of the special counsel’s findings. Barr wrote in the letter that Mueller did not conclude the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, and he neither concluded that Trump committed obstruction of justice nor exonerated him of it.
Barr has said he expects to be able to deliver a public version of Mueller’s report by mid-April after he removes classified information and grand jury material.
Democratic lawmakers are aksing Barr to turn over Mueller’s report and all underlying evidence.