Barr obfuscated. He cherry-picked. He hide critical elements of the information he chose to share.
For example: Barr's now-infamous 4-page letter to Congress on March 24, in which he conveniently quoted a tiny portion of the Mueller report to make it appear as though Trump was totally innocent.
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr's letter (page 2) reads.
Now we know what the full sentence (on page 5 of the Mueller report) that Mueller wrote was – and it certainly changes his work product, his findings, and the facts. Here's Mueller's full quote from, and In bold is what Barr wrote in his March letter to Congress:
"Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."
In short, the Trump campaign expected to "benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."
That's a big deal.And a big deal to exclude.
Barr also lied Thursday morning when he claimed Mueller did not take into account DOJ policy that bars prosecution of a sitting president. Mueller did, and said he did not make a decision on if Trump's 10 episodes of apparent obstruction because of that policy.
More examples from several experts:
I think this is right and that Barr lied.
Another reason to see Barr as Trump's personal defense lawyer, not the Attorney General of the United States. https://t.co/1FQjrhd1EC
— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) April 18, 2019
Barr made material misrepresentations and omissions today. In other words he lied to the American public. See https://t.co/2X2DHoG3d7
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) April 18, 2019
Again: Barr lied when he said the report found no collusion.
The report found no illegal conspiracy.
What Stone did was coordinate, legally, with Wikileaks.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 18, 2019
I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that Barr straight-up lied to us a couple of hours ago, with a brazenness I’m almost impressed by. *Did he think we wouldn’t notice?*
— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) April 18, 2019
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