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    DOJ says judge questioned Barr's handling of Mueller report with 'no basis'

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Friday that Attorney General William Barr played no role during redacting the Mueller report and a judge has questioned Department's works with "no basis."

    H/T: The Epoch Times

    DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec stated that Washington district judge Reggie Walton, who is presiding over the FOIA case, made a series of false assertions about Barr's statements, and that the Department stands by “the Attorney General's statements and efforts to provide as much transparency as possible.”

    “In the course of deciding that it would review the unredacted report, the court made a series of assertions about public statements the Attorney General made nearly a year ago. The court’s assertions were contrary to the facts,” DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec stated.

    From the Epoch Times piece:

    Regarding the inconsistencies Walton noted between the report and the summary, he gave two examples.

    “Barr’s summary failed to indicate that Special Counsel Mueller ‘identified multiple Contacts … between Trump [c]ampaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government,’” he said, noting that Mueller was appointed, among other things, to examine any alleged Trump-Russia “links.”

    Having contacts with people tied to Moscow is not in itself illegal. It’s been widely reported since 2016 that Trump campaign associates had such contacts.

    Walton further said that “Mueller only concluded that the investigation did not establish that ‘these contacts involved or resulted in coordination or a conspiracy with the Trump [c]ampaign and Russia’ … because coordination … ‘does not have a settled definition in federal criminal law.'”

    In his report, Mueller appears to have worked out his own definition of “coordination.” Based on that definition, his probe didn’t establish that any Trump-Russia coordination occurred.

    On the question of whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr’s summary said that the report doesn’t make a conclusion “one way or the other” and “leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction.”

    Walton said that Barr didn’t mention that one of the “difficult issues” Mueller encountered was a longstanding Justice Department policy that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

    Read Washington district judge Reggie Walton's full opinion below.


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