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Mueller Report Has a Hidden Message for Barr

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Robert Mueller’s report contains a catalog of misconduct by President Trump, detailing repeated efforts to undermine law enforcement investigations. But the special counsel also provides a detailed brief against a leading Washington lawyer who pursued an unsuccessful campaign to cause the Justice Department to shut down Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation:

William Barr.

Last summer, Barr, a former attorney general for President George H.W. Bush, embarked on a campaign to lobby Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who then oversaw the Mueller investigation, to order Mueller to stop investigating Trump’s obstruction. According to Barr, Mueller’s investigation was “fatally misconceived,” because the president is wholly immune from liability for exercising what Barr described as “discretion vested in him by the Constitution.” The mere prospect of allowing Trump to be “interrogated” about his conduct threatened to do “lasting damage to the Presidency and the administration of law within the Executive Branch,” Barr wrote.

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