On two separate occasions, special counsel Robert Mueller urged Attorney General William Barr to release more information about the official investigation following Barr’s initial four-page summary to Congress, The New York Times reports. Mueller noted that there were glaring gaps between Barr’s summary and the actual conclusions of the 448-page report in a letter he released on Wednesday.
In addition, the letter also revealed that Mueller and his team pushed the Department of Justice to release the official summaries they had prepared in the hours leading up to Barr publicizing his summary on March 24. Barr’s letter allowed Trump to incorrectly claim that the investigation had completely absolved him of any wrongdoing—a claim that many Republicans continue to incorrectly assert, even following the full release of the redacted report.
Mueller wrote that Barr had sowed the seed for “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation” with his letter that misrepresented the investigation’s findings.
“This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the department appointed the special counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations,” Mueller wrote.
Lawmakers on a Senate panel urged Barr on Wednesday to explain his actions and decisions surrounding the investigation, and some Democrats have even called for his resignation.