Barr: I offered Mueller team chance to review summary memo, but they declined

Barr: I offered Mueller team chance to review summary memo, but they declined
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[Ed. – Others seem to feel this is a mystery. I don’t. If the Mueller team reviewed the memo, it would then be associated with whatever Democratic critics didn’t like about the memo. Not reviewing it means the Mueller team remains in the position of knowing everything that’s in the full report, and having no responsibility to defend the process that produced the A.G.’s memo.]

Appearing before a Congressional committee on the subject of the DOJ’s budget this morning, AG Bill Bar was unsurprisingly asked about the Mueller report.  Besides reiterating his time frame, Barr mentioned that he offered the Special Counsel’s office an opportunity to review his original four-page memo summarizing the full report’s “bottom line” findings (the overall nature of which were apparently known within certain DOJ circles for weeks).  Mueller’s team apparently declined …

[W]hy did they turn down the chance to see what Barr was about to release to the American public, which would create an important first impression of their long-anticipated work. … Allahpundit breaks it down:

Did Mueller believe that, under the regs, it simply wasn’t his place to consult with the AG on his summary of the report — even if the AG invited him to? …

Maybe Mueller figured there was no harm in letting Barr issue his own summary.

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