READ: Mueller Letter To Barr Reveals New Contacts Over Release Of Report

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May 1, 2019 9:52 a.m.
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The House Judiciary Committee has received a copy of the March 27 letter Robert Mueller sent to Bill Barr complaining about the attorney general’s failure to “fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s report, an NBC News reporter tweeted.

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of the investigation,” the letter reads.

Mueller lays out a timeline of contacts between his office and Barr around March 24, when the attorney general wrote a letter to Congress that purported to outline top-line conclusions about the special counsel’s report.

The contacts show that the special counsel was in close contact with Barr as he released the letter and in the days after.

Below is a timeline of the contacts revealed in Mueller’s letter:

March 5: The Special Counsel meets with Barr and informs him that “the introductions and executive summaries of our two-volume report accurately summarize this Office’s work and conclusions.”

March 24, early afternoon: The Special Counsel reiterates the purpose of the Mueller report’s executive summaries and introductions.

March 24, late afternoon: Barr sends his now-notorious letter to Congress, which was made public immediately, purporting to outline the Mueller report’s top-line conclusions.

March 25, morning: The Special Counsel’s office informs the Justice Department that his letter to Congress “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.” It’s not clear who communicated with whom in this instance, or in what form.

March 27: Mueller sends a letter to Barr complaining about the March 24 letter and urging him to release the executive summaries.

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