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May 1, 2019

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday dismissed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "snitty" letter, saying he most likely didn't even write it himself.

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the release of a letter Mueller sent to Barr, which said that Barr's four-page summary "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of his investigation.

But Barr repeatedly testified on Wednesday that he spoke with Mueller over the phone after receiving the letter and that Mueller told him nothing about his four-page summary was inaccurate. Barr also dismissed the letter by saying, "The letter's a bit snitty, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people."

Barr also told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that notes were taken of his call with Mueller. But when Blumenthal asked if the Senate could have these notes, Barr responded, "No." Asked why, Barr told Blumenthal, "Why should you have them?"

Democrats have called for Mueller to testify before Congress himself, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said he would write to Mueller asking him to correct anything Barr said that is "misleading or inaccurate." Brendan Morrow

December 13, 2018

President Trump on Thursday suggested the lies told by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn weren't really that significant — even after having fired him for lying.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Flynn got a "great deal," responding to the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has recommended Flynn receive no prison time. Trump went on to assert, though, that the reason for this recommendation was that "they were embarrassed by the way he was treated." In particular, Trump claimed that the "FBI said he didn't lie."

But CNN's Josh Campbell points out that the FBI only said that Flynn showed no signs of lying. "But, they had him on tape, so they knew he was lying," Campbell adds. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when he said he did not discuss sanctions with Russians; he has not yet been sentenced but has asked for no jail time. Trump himself said in December 2017 that he had to fire Flynn "because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI." Brendan Morrow

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