Barr Calls Mueller's Letter to Him 'Snitty'

Attorney general says he thinks someone on special counsel's staff wrote it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2019 4:00 PM CDT
Barr Calls Mueller's Letter to Him 'Snitty'
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gives opening remarks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

"Snitty." That's the way Attorney General William Barr described a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller expressing concerns about his portrayal of the Russia probe. Barr was testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday when Democrat Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked about the letter. Mueller wrote it March 27, but it was only disclosed publicly ahead of the hearing. "The letter's a bit snitty," Barr said, adding that he thinks it was probably written by someone on Mueller's staff.

Barr said he called Mueller the next day: "I said, 'Bob, what's with the letter? Why don't you just pick up the phone and call me if there was an issue?'" Blumenthal characterized the letter an "extraordinary act" of "rebuking the Attorney General of the United States" and "memorializing it in writing." (See the full text of Mueller's letter here, or much more on Barr's testimony here.)

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