Federal Judge Rips Barr, Wants to Take a Closer Look at Mueller Report
William Barr was a controversial pick to serve as Donald Trump’s Attorney General. The former AG under George H.W. Bush, Barr had written a defense of Trump that many saw as an audition for the role.
The pick by the President looked smart when Barr sent out a heavily redacted copy of Robert Mueller’s report. Now a Federal Judge, Reggie B. Walton wants to privately review an unredacted copy of the report as he has “grave concerns about the objectivity” of the process.
“The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary.”
The Federal Judge continued, “The speed by which Attorney General Barr released to the public the summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s principal conclusions, coupled with the fact that Attorney General Barr failed to provide a thorough representation of the findings set forth in the Mueller Report, causes the Court to question whether Attorney General Barr’s intent was to create a one-sided narrative about the Mueller Report — a narrative that is clearly in some respects substantively at odds with the redacted version of the Mueller Report.”
The judge concluded that an “independent review, is needed to “determine whether it concurs with the Department’s determination that the redactions of the Mueller Report are authorized by the FOIA exemptions upon which the Department relies.”