Now that Robert Mueller has had his say, Attorney General William Barr has had a few words of his own about the job Mueller did.
First and foremost, Barr was critical of Mueller for not making a call on obstruction.
Furthermore, Barr was extremely critical of the legal reasoning Mueller’s team used to support its conclusions, or should we say non-conclusion.
Didn’t Do His Job
Barr did not come right out and say that Mueller did not really do his job, but it was definitely there between the lines.
The Attorney General stated, “The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he’s in office.
“But (Mueller) could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”
“But he has his reasons for not doing it, which he explained.
“And I’m not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”
Barr went on to say that since Mueller did not reach a conclusion, the onus then fell on him to do so, which he did along with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
That was not the only area of conflict for Barr with the special counsel.
During a recent interview with CBS News, Barr provided a bit more clarification into the conclusion that was eventually reached and how it was reached.
Barr flat-out stated that he did not agree with much of the “legal analysis” used by Mueller’s team and that analysis did not reflect the view held by his office.
Barr stated, “We didn’t agree with the legal analysis, a lot of the legal analysis in the report.
“It did not reflect the views of this department.
“It was the viewpoint of a particular lawyer or lawyers, so we applied what we saw was the right law.”
He further stated, “The bottom line was that Bob Mueller identified some episodes.
“He did not reach a conclusion.
“He proved both sides of the issue.
“And his conclusion was he was not exonerating the president, but wasn’t finding a crime, either.”
This is by far the harshest and most critical Barr has been of Robert Mueller since he took over office.
He more or less made the same point we have been making all week in that Mueller simply did not do the job he was tasked with doing, which was to make a definitive call one way or the other about the charges.
Barr also hinted things may get a bit muddier in the near future regarding the origins of the probe.
He stated, “I had a lot of questions about what was going on, and I assumed I’d get answers when I went in, and I have not gotten answers that are at all satisfactory and in fact, probably have more questions.
“Some of the facts that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanation of what happened.
“That’s all I really will say. Things are just not…jibing.”
That sound you just heard was Comey’s rear end puckering up because that was the warning shot that Barr is coming after him.
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