Rosenstein: Criticism of Barr’s Handling of Mueller Report ‘Bizarre’

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Barr and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said they had determined that a criminal charge against Trump was not appropriate, based on evidence gathered by Mueller.

"Our goal is to respond as quick as we can; given the length of the report, it may take some time to respond", Sekulow said.

President Trump set the stage for the possible release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report this week by repeating the findings of Attorney General William Barr's summary and suggested, "INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!"

But on the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr said the report neither exonerated or indicted the president.


Barr released a four-page summary of the Mueller conclusions three weeks ago, saying the prosecutor had concluded that Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win but had reached no conclusion whether Trump obstructed justice.

Barr said in congressional testimony Wednesday that he the believes the DOJ "spied" on the Trump campaign and he plans to open a DOJ investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation probe.

"We also need to see the report", said Nadler, "because it may be that Mueller decided not to prosecute for various reasons ... but there still may have been proof of some very bad deeds and very bad motives, and we need to see that, and the public needs to see that". He was referring to Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, and the Democratic National Committee, which supported her candidacy. He also described the four types of redactions that the DOJ will make before releasing a version of the report to lawmakers: grand-jury information, information that would reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that affects the privacy of "peripheral players" not charged as a result of the investigation, and information that would compromise ongoing prosecutions.

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