Liberal media seized on news of special counsel Robert Mueller's letter to William Barr, which expressed frustration over the attorney general's initial depiction of his investigation's findings, and presented it as evidence of wrongdoing.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly sent a note to Attorney General William Barr declaring himself unhappy with Mr. Barr's release of a four-page summation of the probe, prompting Democrats to demand the letter and to call for the attorney general's dismissal.
The stark terms in which Mueller's letter described his dissatisfaction with the discussion surrounding his report shocked Justice Department officials, people with knowledge of the matter told the Post.
"Democrats have accused Barr of "[shaping] the public's perception of the report", according to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, by issuing his short letter, then conducting a press conference framing the report's findings hours prior to its release.
"This threatens to undermine a central goal for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations", he added.
Mr Barr's four-page summary was released more than three weeks before a redacted version of Mr Mueller's 448-page report was released to the public on 18 April.
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Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, in a statement, confirmed that Mueller wrote to Barr after the summary was released to express frustration over "the lack of context and the resulting media coverage", particularly about Mueller's conclusions on obstruction of justice.
The special council and his team assumed that Rosenstein would be running show at the DOJ, as they had effectively removed Jeff Sessions from anything to do with the investigation.
"The Attorney-General has expressed some reluctance to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday", Mr Nadler said in a statement. "These principles govern the conduct of all prosecution by the Department and are codified in the Justice Manual".
The Washington Post and the New York Times had previously reported some members of Mueller's team were frustrated with Barr's characterisation of their work, though Mueller's own attitude was unknown before now.
Barr's position was he wasn't going to do so in a piecemeal way, so he was pushing the special counsel's office to finish the redactions of the full report as soon as possible.
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Democrats are expected to question him on his handling of the Russian Federation report.
The letter is likely to be a central focus at an upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Mr Barr tomorrow.
Barr wrote in his letter that Mueller did not establish that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "At this point he has lost all credibility, and the only way to clear this up is for Mr. Mueller to testify publicly".
Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Obama White House "spied" on his campaign.
Wednesday's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee will preview a potential showdown in the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee scheduled to take place the following day.
He also said Mr Mueller had not reached a conclusion on whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.
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