Democrats are foolish to argue against Bill Barr or former US Attorney Andy McCarthy. In this op-ed, Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse regurgitated the Democrats’ chanting points about Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Whitehouse wrote “First, his testimony was an astonishing exercise in dissembling. Barr gave a head-spinning explanation of why he did not disclose in House testimony the letter in which Robert Mueller forcefully pushed back on Barr’s initial summary of the Mueller report. He quarreled over whether his summary was a ‘summary.’ He said Special Counsel Mueller’s concerns, expressed in the letter for everyone to see, were not concerns with Barr, but with the media.”

Democrats are hanging their hats on Charlie Crist’s questioning of Barr. McCarthy provided the transcript of the important part of the exchange in his article:

CRIST: 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: 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. So I was not interested in a summary of the report…I felt that I should state the bottom line conclusions and I tried to use Special Counsel Mueller’s own language in doing that.

Here’s the video of that exchange:

It’s clear that Crist wanted Barr to attempt to speak for others. Barr refused to do that.

During the Senate hearing, Sen. Whitehouse tried conflating Mueller with “the special counsel’s team.” Then there’s this BS:

He said Justice Department policy against indicting a president wasn’t the reason Mueller didn’t conclude the President broke the law, when the report says the opposite.

Oh really?

Barr said Mueller’s report did not conclude if Trump obstructed justice because of “‘difficult issues’ of law and fact” about whether Trump’s actions and intent could amount to obstruction.

This is Mueller’s biggest failure. He was paid to make difficult decisions as well as routine decisions. Further, if Mueller objected to Barr’s letter, he should’ve read Barr’s letter, then told Barr what he objected to. Mueller rejected the opportunity to read, edit or object to Barr’s letter. Waiting 3 weeks to register his complaint stinks like sour grapes.

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