Attorney General William Barr is in hot water following revelations that the controversial four page summary of the Mueller Report was thought by Mueller to be an insufficient summary of the conclusions he’d reached in his 448 page report.
A recent CNN article reports that Mueller had “expressed concern” to Barr via letter regarding the description set forth in the four page report. Barr’s letter implied that Mueller had little evidence of the President obstructing justice. The release of the report indicated that, as Mueller had expressed, Barr’s portrayal wasn’t exactly reliable.
To make matters worse, the revelation that Mueller expressed concern to Barr regarding his summary makes it difficult to imagine how this answer from Barr’s testimony in a congressional hearing doesn’t amount to lying under oath.
Flashback: April 10.
VAN HOLLEN: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?
BARR: I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion. pic.twitter.com/vmwkmw3bcj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 1, 2019
Barr is asked by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) if Mueller supported Barr’s conclusion. Barr responded that he didn’t know, despite Mueller expressing his concerns weeks prior to Barr’s testimony.
Prominent Democratic lawmakers and other political personalities aren’t having any of it.
William Barr should be impeached.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 30, 2019
Federal judges have repeatedly been impeached and removed from office for committing perjury, “making false and misleading statements”, “impeding an official investigation”, and “lying under oath”. Those descriptions seem to fit William Barr tonight.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 1, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will be questioning Attorney General William Barr tomorrow, calls the Mueller letter “one more example of how this four-page letter that (Barr) sent out was political.” https://t.co/c6Wx1wRHQP pic.twitter.com/lqmnjeE4oX
— CNN (@CNN) May 1, 2019
People can’t stop calling Barr out.
This sworn testimony doesn’t seem to be … true. https://t.co/pXWy6mirV8
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 1, 2019
So, the Attorney General aka “the nation’s chief law enforcement officer” brazenly lied to the United States Congress.
— Bong-Hits for Moderates (@jerweber) May 1, 2019
All together now! "P-E-R-J-U-R-Y!"
— Jon Nelson (@jonmnelson) May 1, 2019
But he did know. He did. I think there’s a word for lying under oath! But lately laws only sometimes apply. So we’ll see if anything matters anymore or if it’s one set of rules for us and one set for the rich and powerful.
— A. R. G. (@AdamRobGoCop) May 1, 2019
Barr will be answering lawmakers’ questions again today—but how do they intend to trust him?