Trump says Special Counsel Mueller should not testify on Russia probe

Critical William Barr appears at a Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday

Critical William Barr appears at a Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday

Mueller first delivered the report to Attorney General William Barr in late March.

It all started with just four pages.

It outlined how the Special Counsel did not find sufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy but did not exonerate President Trump of obstruction of justice. That's interesting. But what is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States.

When a redacted version of the report was published nearly a month later it outlined extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and also highlighted a series of actions Donald Trump took to try to impede the investigation.

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D'après le Post et le New York Times , ce courrier a été suivi de conversations téléphoniques entre les deux hommes. Une accusation "sans fondements" et "irresponsable", a réagi le ministère de la Justice.

Mueller laid out evidence that Trump may have obstructed the probe in his final report but ultimately deferred the decision on whether to prosecute the president on that evidence to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who declined.

Their call for bar sanctions is innovative, but by no means the only punishment Democrats have suggested for what they see as Mr. Barr's mishandling of Mr. Mueller's work. "Sorry for the confusion", he wrote.

"Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General of the substance of that phone call", Graham said in a letter to Mueller. Trump wanted to know whether the semiretired Barr was "envisioning some role here", but Barr said he wasn't.

"I think that that's probably the only step that Nadler has, is to be conciliatory", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters outside the West Wing on Friday. He also blasted Barr's failure to appear as part of a wholesale obstruction by the Trump administration of Democrat-led inquiries. The attorney general said the special counsel's concerns stemmed around the media's portrayal of Barr's conclusion-not the accuracy of the substance-and that the redacted report and Mueller's executive summaries should be released immediately. "Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions", Cohen said.

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So if our wildly unpredictable and unstable president and his chaotic White House continue to spin out of control, moderate voters might turn to good old Uncle Joe to calm things down, if he's the Democrats' presidential candidate.

The contempt threat comes a day after Barr skipped a Judiciary panel hearing on Mueller's report amid a dispute over how Barr would be questioned. This is when the "Barr Fight" really got messy. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., brought a bucket of KFC to the empty hearing room Thursday to make a theatrical point.

But Pelosi and many House Democrats sang a completely different House tune the last (and, so far, only) time Congress went the full length and held an attorney general in contempt. If he does not receive it by Monday, House Democrats will move to issue a contempt citation against Barr and take him to civil court to try to persuade a judge to force the full release of Mueller's findings. Barr testified on the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans in Congress have also dismissed Nadler's efforts as political theater meant to satisfy a progressive voter base that helped give Democrats control of the House of Representatives in last year's midterm election.

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