Bill Barr Defends Mueller Report Drama

( Last Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” former attorney general Bill Barr defended how he handled the Mueller report, which looked into potential collusion between President Trump and Russia in the 2016 election.

According to a report, after former FBI director Robert Mueller released his findings from the investigation into Russian collusion, HBO comedian Bill Maher called Barr “shady” for allegedly misrepresenting the report. In 2019, the then-attorney general claimed there was no proof that former President Donald Trump had engaged in obstruction of justice.

Maher told Barr that it was not what Mueller Report said. Mueller claimed that if he had been certain that the president had not obstructed justice, he would have said as much.

The former attorney general answered that he didn’t.

Reports show that Rod Rosenstein, who was the deputy attorney general at the time, named Mueller as special counsel in May 2017 to investigate the alleged collusion shortly after Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director. The Mueller report, published in 2019, stated that the Trump campaign never conspired with Russia after a two-year investigation.

Barr and Rosenstein stated there were no sufficient findings to support charging the former president with obstructing justice.  Barr emphasized that Mueller concluded that the report “does not exonerate” Trump.

Regardless of which face William Barr is showing, his “shady” character doesn’t surprise anyone who has worked with him in the past.

Unsurprisingly, the media didn’t do much digging when Republican Senator Lindsey Graham endorsed him to become Attorney General to then-President Donald Trump.

Per Wikipedia, between 1973 and 1977, Barr worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first as an analyst and then in the legal division.

Barr served on the Domestic Policy Council from 1982 to 1983, the first year of U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Barr was approved by the Senate on February 14, 2019, in a vote that largely followed party lines. After taking the oath of office, he became only the second attorney general in American history to serve twice as attorney general.