May 03, 2019

Graham Writes to Special Counsel Regarding Barr Testimony

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller offering the opportunity to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by Attorney General William Barr of the substance of a phone call between the Attorney General and the Special Counsel.

 After Attorney General Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress with the primary conclusions of the Special Counsel’s report, Mueller sent Barr a letter that took issue with the manner in which the Special Counsel’s report was being characterized in the press. Barr also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that later he and Mueller spoke on the phone, and the Special Counsel reiterated that the press coverage surrounding the investigation was misleading, not Barr’s letter itself.

Graham wrote, “In response to questions by Senator Blumenthal, the Attorney General testified in essence that you told him in a phone call that you did not challenge the accuracy of the Attorney General’s summary of your report’s principal conclusions, but rather you wanted more of the report, particularly the executive summaries concerning obstruction of justice, to be released promptly.  In particular, Attorney General Barr testified that you believed media coverage of your investigation was unfair without the public release of those summaries.”

He continued, “Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General of the substance of that phone call.”

The full text of the letter is HERE.