Last updated on April 22nd, 2019
Attorney General William Barr has been continuously criticized over his attempts to protect President Trump since Mueller’s verdict came out. Barr was expected to release a revised version of Mueller’s report by holding a news conference on Thursday, which would detail the findings of the special counsel’s investigation.
Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of House Judiciary Committee, criticized Barr for his decision to speak about the report at a press conference. He said, “The Attorney-General appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump – the very subject of investigation at the heart of the Mueller report – rather than letting the facts speak for themselves.”
The Congress would receive the report in between 11am and noon, while Barr was scheduled to speak with the press at half past 9. The latter was also accused of contradicting his self-said statements. Last month, Barr released a four-page summary out of Mueller’s 400-page report, saying that there was no need to summarize the entire report to the public.
In addition, he concluded that the Special Counsel’s investigation failed to bring enough evidences to prove that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with them conspired or coordinated with Russia in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein and William Barr together examined Mueller’s original report before declaring Trump free from obstruction charges.
Barr even told the Congress that he would redact four types of information before making the report public: grand jury material, classified material, material about ongoing investigations and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties”.
However, some of the investigators who worked for Mueller complained that their findings were deformed in the favor of the US President. Thus, Nadler asserted that the revised report would be crosschecked with the original findings to analyze the truth behind.
Recently, a report portrayed that the Justice Department had briefed the White House on some of the Mueller’s findings, aiding them to prepare for the report’s release, which enraged the Democrats in the country. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also blamed William Barr for acting like an attorney-general of Trump instead of the country.
A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research found that on account of Mueller’s report, a majority of the population believed that the President obstructed justice and wanted the Congress to continue investigating the case to know the truth behind it. While only 39 percent Americans believed, the President was doing a good job and would continue in the near future.
The full and final revelation would come when William Barr would testify before Nadler’s committee. Until then the former is likely to be criticized by the Democrats for favoring the Trump administration.