Chaffetz: Barr Testimony 'Totally Undercuts' Dems' Narrative on Mueller Report
Barr says report to be released within a week.
Jason Chaffetz said Attorney General William Barr's testimony before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday undercut Democrats' claims about Barr's handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Barr vowed to release a redacted version of Mueller's Russia report "within a week," as he pushed back at Democrats blasting him for what they called his "unacceptable" handling of the initial summary of that document.
In a fiery opening statement, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of seeming to "cherry pick" from the report to "draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president" in releasing the four-page summary last month on its findings.
Other Democrats made similar comments on Barr's decisions related to the review of Mueller’s findings.
Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor and former U.S. congressman, said Democrats were attempting to "muddy the waters" because they were unhappy with Barr's summary, which said Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and made no determination on obstruction of justice.
"They tried to create this scene that said that the attorney general went rogue and went off on his own, but ... that talking point for the Democrats, I think, is dead," Chaffetz said, noting that Barr has been collaborating with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller himself in redacting material from the report.
He said Barr's testimony "totally undercuts" the Democratic narrative that the summary of Mueller's report was somehow "bogus" and biased in favor of President Trump.
"They still want some salacious detail out of this thing, but I don't think they're ever going to get it," Chaffetz said. "There's no more prosecutions, and there is nothing to their notion that they've been barking on for two years that there was some sort of collusion with the Trump campaign. It just was never there."
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