NY Times, Washington Post are still disgracefully enabling ‘Collusion Delusion’

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Barr's March 24 summary of the Mueller report said the special counsel did not establish that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russian Federation during the presidential election but also did not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.

Barr, named to the post by President Donald Trump, issued a four-page summary about the report that said Mueller did not find criminal collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and did not make a determination as to whether the president tried to obstruct justice.

Now two back-to-back stories from the New York Times and the Washington Post say investigators from the Special Counsel's Office are disputing Attorney General William Barr's account of the findings of Mueller report, and have expressed alarm that Barr isn't playing it straight.

So far, Barr has produced only a four-page summary, which said that the special counsel found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and made no determination on obstruction of justice.

Barr is in the process of redacting certain types of sensitive information in the almost 400-page document and said he plans to release it by mid-April. Some members of Mr. Mueller's team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel's findings, Americans' views will have hardened before the investigation's conclusions become public. However, Barr's letter also said Mueller's report does not exonerate Trump.

Barr has said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Mueller's evidence was insufficient to support an obstruction allegation.

Hence Mr. Nadler's subpoenas and court threat, which he intends to deliver on in "short order" if the Justice Department does not comply with a full report.

Nadler told reporters he would also seek a judge's permission to get access to Mueller's grand jury material, which is protected by law.

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Barr told Congress in a letter last week that the principal conclusions he described were not meant to be a summary of Mueller's investigation.

The Times report sparked another day of fevered speculation about the "real" content of the 400-page Mueller report, despite the attorney general's four-page summary of it. A spokesman for the special counsel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, already pressing Barr to release the entire unredacted report to Congress, expanded his demands. Barr has also offered to testify shortly after the report is released.

In addition to the subpoena for the Mueller report and evidence, the committee was voting Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to five former White House officials. "Bob Mueller runs a very tight ship, and that ship does not leak", David Kris, a former assistant attorney general who worked closely with Mueller, told Vox in late 2018. That's not entirely correct, some investigators, dismissed by Trump supporters as "disgruntled" Democrat-supporting leakers, are telling intermediaries who are relaying it to the media.

Mueller controversially left the call for whether or not Trump obstructed justice to William Barr.

"The Mueller report probably isn't the "total exoneration" the President claims it to be".

It is believed, however, that the report focuses on Trump's attempts to frustrate the special counsel office's work.

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