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Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50512"><span class="small">Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times</span></a>   
Thursday, 04 April 2019 08:27

Excerpt: "Some of Robert S. Mueller III's investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations."

Attorney General William P. Barr has shown hints of frustration with how the rollout of the special counsel’s chief findings has unfolded. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)
Attorney General William P. Barr has shown hints of frustration with how the rollout of the special counsel’s chief findings has unfolded. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)


Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

By Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times

04 April 19

 

ome of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

At stake in the dispute — the first evidence of tension between Mr. Barr and the special counsel’s office — is who shapes the public’s initial understanding of one of the most consequential government investigations in American history. Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public.

Mr. Barr has said he will move quickly to release the nearly 400-page report but needs time to scrub out confidential information. The special counsel’s investigators had already written multiple summaries of the report, and some team members believe that Mr. Barr should have included more of their material in the four-page letter he wrote on March 24 laying out their main conclusions, according to government officials familiar with the investigation. Mr. Barr only briefly cited the special counsel’s work in his letter.

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+5 # HarryP 2019-04-04 10:34
Barr’s conclusion that the Mueller report cleared the Trump campaign of “collusion “ with Russia was always suspect. Mueller could draw that conclusion only if he suddenly succumbed to amnesia.

Mueller’s indictment of Papadopoulos spells it the campaign’s attempts to contact Russia and the Russians responded positively. What particularly interested Papadopoulos was the hacking and release of Hillary’s emails. Upon returning to Washington, he was praised for his “great work.”

The indictment of the 12 GRU officers gives us a glimpse of their modus operandi and their connections to Wikileaks. Assange urged them to let Wikileaks release the stolen emails (which, Mueller tells us, amounted to more than 50,000.)

Stone’s indictment revolves around his contacts with Wikileaks.

Then there is the Trump Tower meeting. Putin used six cutouts to reach Trump. Mueller, it seems talked to all he could his hands on. (We’re not sure his agents talked to Don Jr.)

And that doesn’t even deal with obstruction of justice.

It’ll no wonder Trump & Barr do not want a release of the Mueller reports and its underlying documentation.
 
 
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-04 20:09
HP -- you only report parts of each of the stories you bring up. These are the parts hyped in media like CNN or MSNBC. Or the Wapo.

It is more likely that the Mueller report will give a more complete version of the events. That's what cleared Trump of conspiracy or cooperation with any Russians.

For example, no one at the Trump Tower meeting had any connection with Putin or the Russian government. Rather they all had connections to FusionGPS and MI6. That's a big difference.

I think the Get Trump Crowd will be disappointed in the report. Mueller will likely weave grand narratives and theories but when it comes to hard evidence he will probably produce very little.

We will see in a few weeks.
 
 
0 # HarryP 2019-04-05 23:32
Rodion:
I didn’t “report parts of...stories.” I summarized the Mueller indictments. To make sure It right I went back the them. They’re not all that long but jam-packed with facts.

If “the Music report will give a more complete version” (as I hope it will), it will not be to Trump’s advantage (as you fervently hope.) Mueller’s problem is that Justice Dept. rules prevent him charging a sitting president with criminal activity - whether of conspiracy or obstruction of justice. But, I suspect, his report will lay it all out, focusing on the Trump campaign’s lust for Russian intervention and obstruction. That’s what’s freaking Trump out.

Since Mueller can’t indict Trump, he is (I suspect) laying it out for Congress. The way the system works, that’s all he can do. Barr, meanwhile, is lying what the report contains.

As usual you make shit up. Yuri Chaika (Putin’s Procurator General) enlisted Aras Agilarov (Putin’s builder) to send Natalia Veselnitskaya (Putin’s lawyer) to contact the Trump campaign. Don’t tell me the Mueller report will not discuss that sordid episode. Btw, what happened to the orphan adoption program? It must be in full swing by now.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-04-04 13:49
It may be, as many people including several respectable journalists have said all along, that there was never anything of substance in "Russiagate." It's easy to forget that EVERYONE, with the possible exceptions of Mueller and his staff and Trump's inner circle, is working from incomplete information, making disagreement almost inevitable.

But as we peons are told when the government and Global Megacorp (same thing) steal our "sensitive" personal information, "If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide." Trump, Mueller, Barr, and others are by definition hiding a lot of information by releasing only about one percent of the report. Anyone who trusts any of these men is a fool, even if s/he is completely ignorant of their respective histories prior to 2016.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-04-04 19:14
Barr is out ahead of Trump, throwing massive blocks on Schiff, Nadler, Cummings and anyone else who is pursuing Sir Donald. Why else was Barr chosen as Attorney General except to run interference for our Commander-in-Ch ief? This is what Sessions should have done but he got hit with a spasm of conscience and recused himself.
And, Trump was so piss*d @ Sessions for his dereliction of duty that he eventually fired him. Barr will provide Trump no such reason to dismiss him.

America has become a banana republic with Putin, XiPing and Kim holding on to their sides at the antics of Sir Donald and his fellow clowns. The ultimate joke, sadly, is upon us.
 
 
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-04 20:45
Barr's 4 page summary quoted the line from Mueller's report in full: "not able to establish any conspiracy or cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign." I doubt that the report itself will contradict this. In the end, a prosecutor has to make a decision: is there enough evidence to go forward or do we just punt. Mueller punted.

The biggest part of the report will be the way it totally buries the mainstream media. For two years, we have read or watched more than 100,000 stories based on "sources close to the Mueller Probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity." Sometimes there were "four people close to the probe." Now we will see that most of these stories were just made up or were leaks from political operatives who were no where close to the Mueller Probe.

My bet is that in the report Mueller will be doing his best Joe McCarthy. There will be Russians all over the place controlling US elections. Russians are under our beds telling us how to vote. Barr makes this clear in his 4-pager. We will see that Mueller's real job was to launch the new cold war. Trump was only a pretext and an irrelevancy. Making Americans hate and distrust Russia was always the main point.

My bet is Mueller will exonerate Trump but come down very hard on Russians and maybe Putin himself. Of course, there won't be any evidence of anything illegal against any Russian, just as there was none by McCarthy. It is all about public perception -- propaganda pure and simple.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2019-04-05 00:06
Well, common guys. If you don't like what Barr and Trump are saying about your work then leak the damn report already. The only way to end this is to make it public and we can't trust anything Barr says.
 
 
+3 # WorkingClass 2019-04-05 09:08
Let’s keep in mind Barr’s history. He was a significant player in killing an investigation into the Reagan Administration selling nerve gas components to Saddam Hussein in violation of International law. He encouraged GHW Bush to pardon the convicted Iran-Contra players thus killing the on-going investigation before it reach Reagan and Bush. Now he is the AG for Trump after writing a 19 page paper saying Trump could not be charged with the crime of obstruction. Why would we trust anyone with this record?
 
 
0 # WorkingClass 2019-04-05 09:47
Here is the exact language from Barr’s summary you didn’t mention.
“raising obstruction-of- justice concerns. After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President's actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”