Members closely involved with the Robert S. Mueller III investigation have expressed frustration with the lack of full transparency provided by Attorney General William P. Barr regarding their nearly two-year effort of probing into Russian influence in the 2016 election and whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reports.
Their expressions of discontent come in the wake of Barr's four-page letter to Congress, in which he concluded that the president did not have an illegal connection to Russia during his campaign. The letter intended to summarize the nearly 400-page confidential report also said that Mueller did not conclude “one way or the other” if the Trump administration committed obstruction of justice or not.
Barr told Congress that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove that Trump committed any crimes. But sources close to the investigation complained to associates that the proof of obstruction was shocking and significant.
“It was much more acute than Barr suggested,” said one person, who, like others, wished to remain anonymous.
According to The New York Times, some special counsel investigators felt that Barr did not provide Congress with an accurate representation of their findings.
Two people close to the matter told the newspaper that office members were especially upset that Barr did not give Congress the summary that the special counsel team had written and prepared.
“There was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work instead,” according to one official.
Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public, the official said.