Based on what Attorney General William Barr is telling the public about Robert Mueller’s actions in the past few weeks, Lindsey Graham may have to haul the “grand inquisitor” himself in for a session of questioning under the hot lights.
Barr appeared Friday on CBS This Morning for an interview with host Jan Crawford about Robert Mueller, his investigation report, and his farewell press conference.
What Barr has to say will, most likely, prompt Senate Conservatives including South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham, to issue a subpoena for his official sworn testimony.
According to the Attorney General, Mueller engineered the timing of the way his final report was made public, and intentionally misrepresented his obligations, simply as an effort to flip the prosecutorial standard of “innocent until proven guilty” on it’s head.
“He [Mueller] also said that he could not say that the president clearly did not violate the law, which of course is not the standard we use at the department.”
In other words, for President Donald Trump, Mueller’s standard was guilty until proven innocent.
Barr went on to explain that neither deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein nor himself agreed with Mueller’s legal analysis.
“a lot of the legal analysis in the report. It did not reflect the views of the department. It was the views of a particular lawyer or lawyers.”
That’s not surprising, since Mueller’s hand picked crew of witch hunters included some very controversial characters, with strong reputations for heavily favoring Democrats and their liberal globalist agenda.
Along with Andrew Weissmann, Peter Strzok was on the team, until removed by Andrew McCabe after the treasure trove of text messages he had exchanged with Lisa Page, were exposed.
There were a significant number of less well known but liberally-loyal lawyers, known to be adversaries of Trump.
Another thing that Rosenstein and Barr didn’t like was the way Mueller rigged things so that they would be the ones to make the judgment call on obstruction. According to Barr, the items in that part of Mueller’s report didn’t get the job done to issue obstruction charges against the president.
Then there was the whole “summary” debacle. Barr insists that the only reason he released a 24 page condensed version of the report was because of Mueller’s possibly intentional foot-dragging.
“We thought it was being done.”
Mueller was supposed to provide the Department of Justice with a version where any grand jury material was highlighted, to make it easier to redact. Prior to March 5, Barr contacted Mueller’s team to make the request, but they didn’t do it.
“We thought it was being done,” Barr scowled. The move forced them to spend weeks doing what should have taken only days. “If we could readily identify the 6E material, I thought we could do it in a, you know, less than a week,” Barr explained.
That was why he had to issue the summary report.
“Once I realized it was going to take three or four weeks, I felt I had to say something in the interim.”
“I would have liked to get the report out as quickly as possible … because I didn’t think the body politic would allow us to go on radio silence for four weeks.” the Attorney General insists, “There was all kinds of wild speculation going on … [by] former senior intelligence officials … [and] talking heads.”
It was never Barr’s intention to create confusion with the summary report. “I wasn’t trying to provide all the flavor and nooks and crannies of the report. I was just trying to state the bottom line.”
When he got a letter from Mueller’s office his jaw hit the floor. They were complaining about how the interim report was being covered in the press.
“I was surprised he just didn’t pick up the phone and call me given our 30 year relationship[.] … I thought … the letter was a little snitty and staff-driven.”
As the conversation turned to Mueller’s unexpected statement to the press, Barr blamed all the ensuing chaos on Mueller’s misdirection.
“The confusion arose because what Bob Mueller’s position was,” stated Barr. “That the OLC opinion coupled with other things — as a prudential matter — made him feel that he shouldn’t even get into the analysis of whether something was a crime[.] … [H]e didn’t get into the analysis at all.” Mueller didn’t think “it was proper exercise of his authority.”
The letter was suspiciously leaked to reporters.