May 21, 2019

How a sound bite from Mueller could rock Washington

How a sound bite from Mueller could rock Washington



How powerful are sound bites? Powerful enough that one from Mueller could shift the narrative that Barr gave to Congress.

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  1. robert shuman

    Why he didn't testify, is,because the president, told him not to,..no wait,he said he could,..no wait,he said,he is no freind of mine,..no wait,he said,he should be fired,oh hell,I need to go play golf.

  2. Working Class Talking Head 1790-05-29

    I think Barr objectively lied, beyond any reasonable doubt provably lied, that Barr didn't accidentally lie, but knowingly lied under oath to Congress for political reasons and that is a felony crime.

    Barr testified under oath before Congress on April 9th and 10th. Prior to this, though not public knowledge at that time, Mueller and his team had a meeting with Barr on March 5th, another communication with Barr early in the afternoon of March 24th, before Barr released his summary letter to Congress in the late afternoon of March 24th. Those communications contained details about what should be initially be released to the public, specifically an introduction and summary for each of the two sections of the report which Mueller team had already very carefully redacted any information that should not be released to the public in those two introductions and summaries.

    Barr did not release the Mueller’s Team’s introductions and summaries on March 24th, as the Mueller Team was asking his to do. Mind you, releasing Mueller’s Team’s carefully prepared introductions and summaries would not have prevented in any way Barr releasing at the same time his own summary letter. But, Mueller’s Team was a Special Counsel carefully chosen to be independent from politics with their findings, with both Republicans and Democrats agreeing on the team agreeing with what was done and the team was led by a Republican of very high reputation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    After Barr did this, releasing only his Summary Letter while suppressing the carefully prepared and redacted Special Counsel’s two introductions and summaries, Mueller’s Team communicated to Barr the morning of March 25th expressing their grave concern over the fact that their carefully prepared and redacted introductions and summaries were not released while Barr’s Summary Letter did fully capture the context, nature, substance and conclusions of Mueller’s Special Counsel Team; and that because of this there was now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of the investigation and that was threatening to undermine public confidence in the Special Counsel. This was a clear expression about the fact the Mueller Team was very unhappy with Barr’s summary letter.

    Keep in mind, this was clearly being expressed by “Mueller’s Special Counsel Team” and not just Mueller.

    This was followed up by a letter directly from Mueller, sent on March 27th and received on March 28th. This letter once again reiterated the concerns and this letter has since become public. It can be read here:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/01/politics/mueller-letter-to-barr/index.html

    There is reason to believe that additional contacts about this between Mueller’s Team and Barr occurred, letter and/or phone calls and/or some other means of communicating.

    Now, to make something very, very clear.

    Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, is a “MEMBER” of the “TEAM” that he led. The leader of a team is a member of that team, and not just any member, but as the leader of the team when he indicates a concern the team has, that is more relevant about the teams concerns than if some other member of the team had expressed the same concern. However, as pointed out above, not only did Mueller express these concerns to Barr, but Mueller’s Team expressed these concerns to Barr.

    Keeping in mind this was not public knowledge on April 9th & 10th, let us look at some things Barr testified under oath to Congress.

    On April 9th, Florida Democratic Representative Charlie Crist asked: “Reports have emerged recently, general, that members of the special counsel’s team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March 24th letter, that it does not adequately or accurately, necessarily, portray the report’s findings. Do you know what they’re referencing with that?”

    Barr answered: “No, I don’t. I think — I think — I suspect that they probably wanted more put out, but in my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize, because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of, you know, being under-inclusive or over-inclusive, but also, you know, would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis that really should await everything coming out at once.”

    This can be watched on YouTube about 1 hour and 7 minutes into the video:
    “William Barr testifies before congress for first time since receiving Mueller report, live stream”
    https://youtu.be/uEcgpbRLz0U?t=3961

    Barr lied here. Mueller and Mueller’s Team very clearly expressed on multiple occasions that they were and why they were frustrated at some level with the limited information included in Barr’s March 24th Summary Letter. In fact, we can now look at the public record and see exactly what was expressed. It very clearly had several points:
    1. The Special Counsel had carefully prepared two redacted introductions and summaries for the whole of the Special Counsel’s Report, had clearly informed Barr that they were ready to be released to the public and expected Barr to release them on the March 24th, but instead Barr suppressed them.
    2. That Barr’s Summary Letter did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this the Special Counsel’s work and conclusions.
    3. That the above two acts by Barr resulted in public confusion about critical aspects of the results of the Special Counsel’s Investigation and that in turn threatens to undermine a central purpose of the Special Counsel, to assure the public has full confidence in the outcome of the Special Counsel’s Investigation.

    Barr was very aware of this as Mueller and his team had made it very clear to Barr prior to this testimony before Congress.

    On April 10th, Senator Chris Van Hollen asked: "Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?"

    Barr answered: "I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion"

    This can be watched at https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4795085/ag-william-barr-bob-mueller-supported-conclusion. The exchange begins around 3 minutes towards the end of the video clip.

    Again, Barr clearly lied here. Mueller had made it clear that he did not support Barr’s conclusion because Barr’s conclusion:
    • Did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this the Special Counsel’s work and conclusions; which resulted in causing public confusion about critical aspects of the results of the Special Counsel’s Investigation and that in turn threatens to undermine a central purpose of the Special Counsel, to assure the public has full confidence in the outcome of the Special Counsel’s Investigation.

    At best Mueller made it clear that Barr’s conclusion failed to fully capture the context, nature, and substance of Mueller’s conclusions in such a manner that Barr’s conclusion was causing public confusion over critical aspects of Mueller’s conclusions. Barr was very aware of this, and thus he was lying, again. More over it is clear that Barr is lying for political reasons, thus using his position as Attorney General to try and shield Trump from the real results of the Mueller Investigation, acting as a defense attorney for Trump, one who would even lie under oath to protect his client, Trump.

    Barr needs to be charged for lying to Congress and removed from the office of Attorney General.

  3. Jaxz

    Nobody cares about this story. This 2016 election obsession is getting ridiculous. Get over it.
    There are real news happening in the world and the country. More important events.

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