Has a letter from Robert Mueller sealed AG William Barr’s doom?
We think so. Because the Washington Post just got one of the juiciest leaks so far year!
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post.
Which raises the question: who leaked the letter? Could it be a member of Team Mueller who had had a first-hand look at devastation and damning evidence against Trump and was fed up with William Barr’s mendacity? This did happen the day after Rod Rosenstein’s resignation timeline was made public. Hmmm — we have to agree with Rick Wilson:
The Mueller graf in my new piece was added literally seconds after it posted and seconds before we went to press, and the more I contemplate the leak, the more interesting I find it.
Ask yourself why this is leaking now, kids.
There's some bad blood in the water.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 1, 2019
The WaPo article continues:
Days after Barr’s announcement, Mueller wrote a previously unknown private letter to the Justice Department, which revealed a degree of dissatisfaction with the public discussion of Mueller’s work that shocked senior Justice Department officials, according to people familiar with the discussions.
In other words, actual prosecutors were torqued that the FOX-News’led no-collusion-no-obstruction narrative had entered the mainstream. Traditional media had taken the summary by William Barr — who is now completely exposed as a biased and partisan hack — far, far too seriously.
[Mueller wrote,] “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”
Oh. Hell. Yeah. And remember — this comes from a Vietnam war hero, a lifelong Republican, and a prosecutor with a reputation for scrupulously high standards of professional conduct.
Justice Department officials said Tuesday they were taken aback by the tone of Mueller’s letter, and it came as a surprise to them that he had such concerns. Until they received the letter, they believed Mueller was in agreement with them on the process of reviewing the report and redacting certain types of information, a process that took several weeks. Barr has testified to Congress previously that Mueller declined the opportunity to review his four-page letter to lawmakers that distilled the essence of the special counsel’s findings.
We wager Barr was lying.
We also wager that a few Democrats on the Senate and House Judiciary Committee were aware of the existence of this letter — and quite understandably want Barr questioned by the Senate Committee’s counsel as well as the members of Congress.
We may well be seeing the beginning of the end for William Barr’s short, nasty, brutish, corrupt, and inept tenure as Attorney General.