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Some Mueller Investigators Are Upset With Barr

They apparently believe he left out important details
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2019 7:00 PM CDT
Attorney General William Barr arrives for the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Some of Bob Mueller's investigators say President Trump is getting off too easy, the New York Times reports. According to inside sources, these investigators believe Attorney General William Barr's four-page letter to Congress summarizing the Mueller report failed to adequately convey Trump's troubling actions. Details remain scant—it's even unclear whether this is about obstruction of justice—but the investigators say Barr left out important details and formed America's views before the report's release. The Times couldn't say how many of the 19 lawyers, roughly 40 FBI agents, and others working for the special counsel are frustrated. Interestingly, Mueller's team wrote their own reports, but didn't ask for them to be made public.

The Justice Department found their summaries included sensitive information, two officials say. Those officials add that Barr and other DOJ brass are frustrated with Mueller's team for punting on whether Trump had obstructed the Russia probe. "The report sets out evidence on both sides of the question," Barr wrote in his March 24 summary of the nearly 400-page report. Meanwhile, the AP reports that Rep. Richard Neal, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, formally asked the IRS Wednesday to hand over Trump's personal tax returns and returns for certain Trump businesses over a six-year stretch. Democrats say it falls within their congressional mandate, while Republicans are crying foul over privacy concerns and a "political witch hunt." (Read more Russia investigation stories.)

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