'Intent to Deceive'
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has just posted clear cut evidence that appears to show Attorney General Bill Barr may have lied to Congress. Nadler did not accuse the Attorney General of lying, but the evidence suggests he did.
Chairman Nadler took to Twitter, first stating that "Mueller has written a letter objecting to Barr’s summary of his report because it 'did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of the investigation.'"
Indeed, many are now calling Barr's actions a "cover up."
"I have demanded the letter & Barr must answer for this. Mueller must be allowed to testify," Nadler tweeted.
But then he posts another tweet, laying out evidence – although not specifically stating – that the Attorney General of the United States lied to Congress.
Mueller's letter was dated March 27.
Barr testified before Congress on April 10.
He was asked, "Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?" in his now-infamous 4-page letter.
His response: "I don’t know."
I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. “Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter. https://t.co/IiK5zJYtAS
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 1, 2019
That appears to be false.
Not only did Mueller send Barr a letter, he had a telephone conversation about his concerns that Barr had mischaracterized his 22 month long investigation.
Former federal prosecutor, now a CNN analyst, Renato Mariotti weighs in:
Barr will likely argue Mueller did not specifically comment on his obstruction conclusion, though Mueller took issue with Barr's letter as a whole.
This is a pattern. Barr makes statements that aren't *technically* false but are highly misleading. It shows his intent to deceive. https://t.co/akkg389GiQ
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 1, 2019
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow:
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 1, 2019
Pundit, former Republican:
I love the smell of perjury in the morning, followed by a strong cuppa impeachment. https://t.co/aqKp2EYHV0
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) May 1, 2019
Lawfare Executive Editor:
Barr's testimony seems plainly dishonest & people will surely start throwing around accusations of perjury. Good time to recall that perjury is exacting legal standard & Barr was likely careful to be accurate in strict technical sense. Doesn't make it ok but probably not perjury. https://t.co/8FNi9h2pZp
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 1, 2019
Politico congressional reporter:
NADLER all but says Barr gave false testimony to Congress: https://t.co/zKXwmZLyGf
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 1, 2019
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