Rosenstein: 'Completely Bizarre' to Accuse AG Barr of Misleading Public on Mueller Report
Outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended Attorney General William Barr's handling of the Mueller report, calling the criticism "completely bizarre."
"He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he's trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely bizarre," Rosenstein told The Wall Street Journal, adding that the public should have "tremendous confidence" in Barr.
Barr has taken heat from Democrats for releasing a four-page summary of Mueller's more than 300 pages of findings. He has said the full report will be released soon after the necessary redactions are made.
"It would be one thing if you put out a letter and said, 'I'm not going to give you the report,'" Rosenstein said.
"What he said is, 'Look, it's going to take a while to process the report. In the meantime, people really want to know what's in it. I'm going to give you the top-line conclusions.' That’s all he was trying to do."
Barr's summary stated that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and prosecutors did not make a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice.
Barr faced a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and media figures this week for testifying on Wednesday that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016.
Responding on "Fox News @ Night," former CIA officer Buck Sexton said Democrats have become "desperate" with their Trump-Russia narrative, adding that it was "obvious" spying occurred.
"If words have meaning, that is what it was," said Sexton.
Former DNI James Clapper maintained last year that the FBI was not "spying" on Trump's campaign, but investigating "what the Russians were doing," including possibly infiltrating the campaign.
Watch the full debate above.