Read the Letter: Mueller Complains Barr Caused 'Public Confusion'

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"I think that the Democrats on the committee did a good job today in exposing that he is the president's defense lawyer", Clinton said. "He is not the attorney general of the United States in the way that he has conducted himself".

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Barr defended his handling of the Mueller report on Russia's interference in President Donald Trump's favor in the 2016 US election and whether Trump subsequently tried to obstruct Mueller's probe.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed Attorney General William Barr on Thursday morning following his Wednesday testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling him a "dictator's lawyer". "It is something else entirely to allow his advisers to appear before Congress." the letter said. "Nobody is above the law".

Until the report itself was released, nearly everything the public knew about what was inside special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report was filtered through one man, Attorney General William Barr.

"I don't know what that refers to at all", Barr said of the question.

Flood said Mueller's investigation and the allegations of Russian collusion "placed a cloud over the presidency that has only begun to lift in recent weeks".

In her questioning of Barr, Senator Kamala Harris demonstrated she is more fit to be U.S. Attorney General than Barr is.

Mr Barr's summary of the report, the result of a two-year investigation which saw six former Trump aides convicted of various crimes, had a significant political impact. During Wednesday's hearing, Barr described the letter as "a bit snitty".

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Barr responded, "No, I don't".

The Justice Department shot back within minutes. It is a fact that Mueller declared that his "investigation did not establish that the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities". In the letter, first reported by The Washington Post, Mueller urged Barr to release redacted versions of the summaries at that time, which Barr did not do. "Instead of us going through all this spin, and innuendo, and leaks, and rumors, let's just let the American people see them." Sen. Specifically, she asked the Chinese to steal Trump's tax returns, which the Democrats have been having more trouble obtaining than they had probably expected.

Asked what consequences she is considering for administration officials who don't comply with congressional oversight, Pelosi indicated she will follow the lead of her committee chairs, but pointed out that one of the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon was drafted because he ignored congressional subpoenas. Still, Mueller's report was more damning than Barr presented it in a letter to Congress.

These statements, Democrats argue, contradict a letter which Mueller sent to Barr, informing him that his 4-page letter did not capture the full report.

Also weighing in on the matter of who would ask questions was Trump.

"I really lost sleep last night after watching over and over again the testimony of the attorney general of the United States", Pelosi said.

The hearing made clear that Democrats remain convinced that Trump did obstruct justice but are unable to decide on whether to open an impeachment action against him based on the Mueller report now that the Justice Department has declined to pursue the issue further.