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Apr 5, 2019

This Week: Some Mueller Staffers Feel Barr Misled On ‘Alarming’ Obstruction Evidence

Robert Mueller’s notoriously airtight ship has sprung a leak — or several. NBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post all reported this week that former members of Mueller’s team are expressing deep frustration with how Attorney General Bill Barr has characterized their findings. In particular, the evidence they presented on obstruction was “alarming and significant”—“much more acute than Barr suggested,” as one person told the Post. Mueller also presented substantial findings on Russia’s effort to influence the Trump campaign and on the unusual contacts between the two parties. Another red flag: Barr did not disclose that Mueller’s team had prepared multiple summaries of distinct elements of the report that were reportedly intended for prompt public release. The Justice Department pushed back, saying that all of the documents received from Mueller’s office were flagged as potentially containing secret grand jury information. The department also argued Barr didn’t want to release the report in a “serial or piecemeal fashion.” Democratic…

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