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Barr Is 'Slicing the Onion Very, Very Thinly'

And other reactions from the media universe
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2019 7:00 PM CDT
Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – Reaction to William Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. "He must resign as attorney general," states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. "William Barr torched his reputation," cries the Washington Post. On the other side: "No, Bill Barr Didn't Lie or Mislead," per the National Review. Much of the discussion revolves around a letter from Robert Mueller criticizing Barr's four-page summary of the special counsel's report, revealed Tuesday night. What does Barr have to say about that? Did he lie in testimony last month when he said, "I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion"? The real head-turner was likely Barr's characterization of Mueller's letter as "snitty." Let's start with that:

  • "Barr seemed to be admitting, finally, that the letter was what it was: a diplomatically worded but pretty direct rebuke of him and his actions," writes Aaron Blake in the Washington Post. "...If only Barr had provided that fuller picture from the beginning."

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