Transcript for Mueller expressed frustration with Barr
We turn to that high-stakes hearing on capitol hill. Take a live look at the room where attorney general William Barr will soon be grilled on the Russia report but just ahead of this showdown a new bombshell this morning. We are now learning that special counsel Robert Mueller raised serious objections about how Barr first characterized the Mueller report essentially as a win for president trump and Pierre Thomas joins us from Washington with more. Pierre, this complaint from Mueller came in a letter to Barr. What are your sources telling you about it? Reporter: Good morning. That's right. Overnight more details about tension between the special counsel and the attorney general concerning how Barr initially described Mueller's investigation. In the letter dated March 27th special counsel Robert Mueller complains about how the attorney general first summarized the results of the Russia probe writing, the summary did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions. Democrats too have complained Barr's initial assessment of Mueller's more than 400-page report lacked detail and allowed the president to claim exoneration. Complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction. Reporter: Even though Mueller found a number of episodes of potential obstruction of justice. Justice department officials acknowledged Barr was surprised by the tone of Mueller's letter and called the special counsel shortly after reading it. They say while the two men had a difference of opinion, their conversation remained civil. Overnight in a statement the justice department acknowledged that while the special counsel expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the special counsel's obstruction analysis, in the call he told Barr that he did not believe Barr had been, quote, inaccurate or misleading. Justice officials say Mueller wanted additional summaries released immediately but that Barr did not want more disclosures to the public to be, quote, piecemeal. Barr and Mueller agreed to get it out with redactions as quickly as possible. This will be a heated
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