New reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post suggest that Attorney General William Barr "tainted" the results of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation to favor President Trump, former federal prosecutors informed Newsweek on Thursday.
“The two reports raise incredibly serious questions about the legitimacy of the process of handling this report. That’s my view. It’s a game changer,” said former Department of Justice prosecutor Gene Rossi.
Investigators on Mueller's team were reportedly unsatisfied with what they perceived as Barr's failure to accurately represent the results of their two-year probe into Russian influence on the 2016 election and alleged collusion with then-candidate Donald Trump.
Sources who wished to remain anonymous were especially frustrated that Barr did not use the summaries the team prepared for Congress. Instead, Barr presented a four-page summary of the almost 400-page report on March 24 in which he concluded that Mueller didn't have adequate proof of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
One investigator said that the evidence and case against Trump is actually “much more acute than Barr suggested.”
“The letter is tainted because, if the reports are true, Barr sanitized greatly the negative information that appears to have been put into the report against the president of the United States," Rossi said.
Member of the Watergate prosecution team Nick Akerman agreed with Rossi, saying that Barr's letter sounded like a "political letter" rather than a legitimate investigative report.
“When you’re sitting there having done this investigation for two years and you see the whole thing being misused and used politically to support Donald Trump, and being done by the attorney general no less, I think people have a good right to get angry,” Akerman said.