Lindsey Graham: Barr Has to Answer For Mueller Report Summary
Coming hearing would look at whether Attorney General Barr misrepresented report
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. said that this week's coming hearing would look at whether Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the findings from the Mueller report.
"Well, he gave a four-page summary. Does the report support his summary? Does the report actually indicate there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians?" Graham said during a BBS "Face the Nation" interview.
Last month, AG Barr released a four-page summary of the long-awaited Mueller report not long after the investigation concluded, which found no evidence of a conspiracy between President Donald Trump and Russia.
The summary also quoted from Mueller that he had not concluded whether Trump had obstructed justice.
Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded no such crime had been committed.
Barr's summary has been under heavy scrutiny from Democrats and left-leaning news outlets.
According to a New York Times article, comparisons were made between excerpts from Barr's summary to Mueller's findings.
Barr's decision to hold a press conference has been slammed by critics who claim it is a ploy to spin the special counsel's findings.
"I think the idea that this president obstructed justice is absurd," Graham said.
"He turned over a million documents to the special counsel. Almost everybody around him testified. I can't think of one thing that President Trump did to stop Mueller from doing his job.
"He never claimed executive privilege. From my point of view, I've heard all I need to really know. Now I want to look at it and find out how all this happened."
According to The Washington Examiner: He was specifically asked to comment on the report's excepts about Trump ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller.
"I think it's just all theatre. It doesn't matter. I don't care what he said to Don McGahn. It's what he did. And the president never obstructed," Graham said.
Graham also discounted the possibility of asking for testimony from McGahn and Mueller.
"I'm not going to re-litigate it," Graham said.
Barr also has heard on the Mueller report scheduled with the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, which is now in doubt due to disagreement over parameters.
"Discussions are still ongoing, to be picked back up tomorrow," a Justice Department official told the Washington Examiner.