Nadler asks Barr for correspondence with Mueller's office

Source: The Hill | April 4, 2019 | Morgan Chalfant

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called on Attorney General William Barr to release publicly any summaries prepared by special counsel Robert Mueller and give Congress all correspondence between the Justice Department and Mueller’s office related to his final report.

Nadler wrote to Barr Thursday after The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that some members of Mueller’s team had expressed concerns that Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s core findings did not adequately capture what investigators found and conveyed a more rosy picture of the president’s behavior than Mueller’s report lays out.

The reports indicated that the special counsel’s office had prepared summaries of different areas of the report that could have been publicly released. Barr instead issued a four-page letter on March 24 laying out Mueller’s conclusions primarily in his own words.

Nadler called the reports “troubling” and demanded Barr immediately release any summaries from Mueller’s report. The Judiciary chairman also requested Barr deliver to the committee “all communications” between the special counsel’s office and the department regarding Mueller’s report; the disclosure of the document to Congress; and his four-page letter laying out the principal conclusions reached in the course of the investigation.

“You have already provided an interpretation of the Special Counsel’s conclusions in a fashion that appears to minimize the implications of the report as to the President,” Nadler wrote in the letter to Barr released Thursday afternoon. “Releasing the summaries—without delay—would begin to allow the American people to judge the facts for themselves.” 

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