Newt Gingrich Blames 'Deep State' for Mueller's Leaked Barr Letter

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Nadler has proposed having committee staff question Barr about special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report on Wednesday amid new revelations that Mueller expressed frustration to Barr about how the attorney general was portraying the investigation's findings.

Neither side broke much ground Wednesday on the specifics of Mueller's investigation, though Barr did articulate a robust defence of Trump as he made clear his firm conviction that there was no prosecutable case against the president for obstruction of justice.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told Barr "what really struck me: Mr. Mueller wrote that your letter threatened to undermine a central objective for which the Department appointed the special counsel".

Barr has testified to Congress previously that Mueller declined the opportunity to review his four-page memo to lawmakers, which attempted to distill the essence of the special counsel's findings. Schiff, speaking to "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, said that Barr's false statements are "serious business" for the Congress. The Justice Department has resisted a format that would let the committee's Democratic and Republican counsels grill Barr for as long as 30 minutes at a stretch after initial five-minute exchanges with lawmakers.

At the same time, senior Justice officials have been puzzled by Mueller's decision not to reach a conclusion on the obstruction issue and Barr felt he needed to provide finality on the matter as the attorney general.

Ms Kupec said "the Special Counsel emphasised nothing in the Attorney General's March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading".

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Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Mueller report does not contain any substantiated evidence to support the allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the United States electoral process.

Barr said he spoke with Mueller and "he did not have objections to the accuracy of (the letter)". It will bring him face-to-face with Democrats who have accused him of spinning Mueller's findings in Trump's favor and understating their significance.

Also on Wednesday, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said an agreement had been reached to have Mueller testify to Congress on the probe. In it he says - and he isn't talking about press reaction. The tense relations are notable given how Barr breezed through his confirmation process, picking up support from a few Democrats and offering reassuring words about the Justice Department's independence and the importance of protecting the special counsel's investigation.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY, said Tuesday night that "the special counsel's concerns reflect our own".

Mueller's March 27 letter to Barr and a phone call between them the following day reveal the depth of disagreement between two longtime colleagues and friends as they handled the legally and politically fraught task of investigating the president over possible crimes. But Barr sought to minimize the rift by suggesting the special counsel's concerns were largely about process, not substance.

"I assume somebody wanted to leak [Mueller's letter] to maximize the embarrassment to Barr and to set up the questions for the hearings the next two days", Gingrich, a former Republican Congressman for Georgia, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night.

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