Mueller Confronts Barr, Saying His Handling of Trump Probe Lacks ‘Context’ and ‘Substance’

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It has been reported that special counsel Robert Barr penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr in late March, objecting to how Barr portrayed Trump as being cleared on possible obstruction of justice.

This is according to three people who have direct knowledge of this communication, and the Justice Department.

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Letter Evidence of Rift Between Mueller and Barr?

The letter seems to add truth to the growing evidence that there might be a rift between Mueller and Barr over how the Trump probe was characterized.  After Barr released his four-page summary of the investigation results, Trump claimed wrongly that he had been vindicated.

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” said Mueller and his investigators. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Mueller ‘Expressed a Frustration” Over Barr’s Presentation

Although specific details of the letter haven’t been released, two people who have knowledge of their discussions, and a spokeswoman from the Justice Department said that Mueller, “expressed a frustration over the lack of context” in the way Barr presented the Trump probe’s conclusion to the public.

Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee today about the investigation and has publically stated that he disagrees about some of the legal reasoning that is present in the Mueller report.

The letter from Mueller was received by the Justice Department four days after Barr sent his conclusions to Congress.

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