Judge demands unredacted Mueller report in FOIA case; suggests Barr ‘misrepresented’ findings

Judge demands unredacted Mueller report in FOIA case; suggests Barr ‘misrepresented’ findings
William Barr (L; NBC News video) and Robert Mueller (YouTube), testifying.

[Ed. – Yes, you’ve heard Walton’s name before. He presided over the Scooter Libby trial (giving Libby a harsh 30-month sentence for a transparently obvious perjury trap crime), and was on the FISA court, including being presiding FISC judge, from 2007 to 2014.  He was appointed to the D.C. District Court in 2001 by Bush 43.  Meanwhile, Barr wasn’t misleading at all: he declined to endorse the improper political innuendo in the Mueller report, but he certainly didn’t obscure it from view.  The FOIA case was brought by a BuzzFeed reporter and the nonprofit “watchdog” group EPIC.]

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hand over to him a copy of the unredacted Mueller report and accused Attorney General William Barr of misrepresenting its findings in the days before it was submitted to Congress last year.

Judge Reggie B. Walton, a federal district court judge in Washington, said that he could not reconcile Barr’s public comments in April 2019 about the report with the actual findings that former special counsel Robert Mueller outlined.

“The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary,” Walton wrote in his decision.

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