On Tuesday morning, Attorney General William Barr spoke in front of the House Appropriates Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies regarding his four-page letter about the findings of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Democrats pulled a switch on Barr as he thought he was there to speak about DoJ budget requests for Congress, but the questioning completely went off the rails toward the Mueller report.
Barr restated that his summary about the report that President Trump was clear about collusion and obstruction of justice.
GOP lawmaker asked Barr: “Is there anything new you’ve seen since the review of the entirety of the report that would change your conclusions?”
“No Congressman. As I’ve explained, my March 24 letter was meant to state the bottom line conclusions of the report not summarize the report and I tried to use as much of the Special Counsel’s own language as I could. But they were just stating the bottom line conclusions and there’s nothing to suggest to me that those weren’t the conclusions,”
As a reminder about what his letter said:
“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the letter states.
“After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
The next rallying point for the “progressives” will be: If there’s no evidence of collusion then there’s your proof right there that it happened because why would it be hidden otherwise.
This is really going to be pretty entertaining.
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