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John Dean: Barr May Be Hiding Something "Fairly Ugly"
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48867"><span class="small">John Haltiwanger, Business Insider</span></a>   
Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:24

Haltiwanger writes: "John Dean, who was President Richard Nixon's White House counsel amid the Watergate scandal, on Sunday suggested Attorney General William Barr could be hiding something 'fairly ugly' from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation."

Attorney General Andrew Barr. (photo: Kevin Wolf/AP)
Attorney General Andrew Barr. (photo: Kevin Wolf/AP)

John Dean: Barr May Be Hiding Something "Fairly Ugly"

By John Haltiwanger, Business Insider

28 March 19


ohn Dean, who was President Richard Nixon's White House counsel amid the Watergate scandal, on Sunday suggested Attorney General William Barr could be hiding something "fairly ugly" from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation.

"He put a little lipstick on something that might've been fairly ugly," Dean told CNN of Barr and his summary on Mueller's report. "We haven't really seen the underlying report, but I have some suspicions that the reason he boiled this down the way he did is because it's not very attractive. [Mueller's] words are very different than Barr's, I suspect."

Dean also said, "I think [Barr] had a heads up on this. I think one of the reasons he backed off on the obstruction issue is there was a fundamental disagreement with the department as to whether a sitting president was capable of obstructing justice."

"Those issues will be sorted out as this report slowly, hopefully, surfaces," Dean added.

According to Barr's summary, Mueller's report said he did not find evidence that Trump or any of his associates colluded with the Kremlin in its interference into the 2016 presidential election.

The attorney general also said, "The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed [an obstruction-of-justice] crime, it also does not exonerate him.'" Additionally, Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there were not substantial grounds to move forward with obstruction of justice charges against the president.

It's unclear how much of Mueller's report will be made public moving forward.

Barr has a broad view of executive authority and prior to being nominated and ultimately confirmed as Trump's attorney general wrote a memo to the Justice Department criticizing Mueller's inquiry into the president and obstruction of justice as "fatally misconceived."

Alluding to this in a tweet on Sunday night, Dean said, "Having re-read William Barr's June 2018 Memo critiquing Mueller's obstruction investigation and now his summary of Mueller's Report, it is clear that Richard Nixon would not have been forced to resign his office if Barr had been Attorney General. Barr wants a POTUS above the law."

With that said, there's currently no direct evidence Barr, who's had a long legal career in Washington, is hiding any particularly damning or pertinent information from the public.

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-3 # chapdrum 2019-03-29 11:45
Oh the wonderful universe of Republicans (talking head and otherwise). Dean worked for Nixon, Barr worked for both Bushes, Nicolle Wallace worked for Bush Jr.
And gosh, they're concerned or they're offended by another Republican.
Won't someone think of their concern?
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-29 20:24
This is all mindless speculation. There is good rational speculation but Dean is not trying to do that. We will just have to wait until the Report is released sometime in the middle of April.

There's a lot of questions about what Mueller did. It is impossible that he did not know in his first week on this job that there was no conspiracy or coordination between Trump and the Russians. Peter Strzok and the FBI had been investigating this question for nearly a year and Strozk said in writing "there is just no big there there." In other words, after one year, they found nothing. And now we are told that after two years Mueller found nothing.

Clearly Mueller had a different goal for his work. I wonder if that will come out. I think it will but I also don't think anyone in the major media will see or understand it.

Also, now that democrats are calling this a counterintellig ence investigation rather than a criminal investigation, why did Mueller run it like a RICO organized crime prosecution?

Lots of questions to be answered in the Report.