Mueller told Barr his letter didn't capture 'context, nature and substance' of findings

Source: The Hill | April 30, 2019 | The Hill Staff

Special counsel Robert Mueller told Attorney General William Barr in a letter sent in late March that Barr’s description of the Russia investigation’s conclusions did not “capture the context, nature, and substance” of his findings, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote in the letter, according to the Post. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

Mueller’s letter was reportedly sent on March 27, just days after Barr released a four-page letter laying out what he described as Mueller’s principal conclusions.

In it, Mueller reportedly requested that Barr release the introductions and executive summaries from his lengthy report on Russia’s election interference and made suggestions about how the sections could be redacted to conceal sensitive material.

“Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about the nature and outcome of our investigation,” Mueller wrote, according to the Post.

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The Post’s reporting late Tuesday is the first clear sign that Mueller himself was not satisfied with Barr’s handling of his conclusions.

Barr and Mueller also reportedly spoke over the phone after the letter was sent, at which time the special counsel voiced concerns about the news coverage of the obstruction inquiry being misleading.

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