According to the mainstream media’s forever-anonymous sources, special counsel Robert Mueller is upset with Attorney General Bill Barr over the AG’s alleged attempts to spin his report.
But according to conservative commentator Dan Bongino, this new narrative is, much like every other media-touted narrative, a “steaming pile of garbage.”
“I want everybody to read between the lines what is happening. Mueller was given a case that he knew was a hoax immediately. … Instead of giving up on the case, he fabricates this obstruction case. He can’t fabricate evidence however, so what does he do?” Bongino opined Tuesday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“He punts to Barr to put Barr on the spot and make this look like a political decision by a Trump appointee. But when Barr paints him into a corner — remember, the Mueller letter is spent before Barr releases the entire report — Barr paints him in a corner again,” he added.
“Because what does Barr turn around and do? ‘Oh yeah, Bob, you think you disagree with the media coverage, even though my letter’s not accurate? Here’s the whole report for everybody to read.’ This story is a steaming pile of garbage!”
Judicial Watch founder Tom Shillue agreed.
“They put out a 448-page report hoping to get in on the record and spin it. Barr ruined that by telling the truth about what they were doing. No collusion, and he found no obstruction. Mueller is angry, his anti-Trumpers are angry. And this is nasty, politicized spin,” he said.
This discussion on FNC concerned an allegedly bombshell report by The Washington Post published Tuesday that claimed via anonymous sources that Mueller had contacted the AG by letter and phone after Barr had released his summary of the special counsel’s investigation last month.
According to the Post’s anonymous sources, Mueller had complained to the AG that his summary didn’t capture the “context, nature, and substance” of his full 448-page report.
“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller allegedly wrote to Barr.
“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”
This media narrative has inflamed Democrats such as Max Boot, who argued Tuesday on CNN that “Bill Barr has some serious explaining to do beginning tomorrow morning.”
But the Department of Justice has already explained itself. Spokesperson Kerri Kupec told the Post in a statement that, while Mueller had sent a letter to the AG complaining about “context,” he’d likewise admitted that nothing about Barr’s summary had been incorrect.
“In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading,” Kupec said.
“But, he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel’s obstruction analysis. They then discussed whether additional context from the report would be helpful and could be quickly released.”
Some have argued that this should have been the lede of the Post’s “bombshell” story:
#WaPo Buried the lead- here it is- Talking with the AG “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading…” #FakeNews is an enemy of the people!
— Steve Gruber (@stevegrubershow) May 1, 2019
From the article, “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading”
Doesn’t sound like Mueller calling Barr a liar to me. The left needs to get in touch with reality.
— S Wayne Martin (@SWayneMartin) May 1, 2019
From Washington Post: “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading.” So Barr’s statement is entirely accurate ?
— Terrence Maddoux (@Jrizzell) May 1, 2019
Truth is Mueller was concern about the lousy media coverage of his counsel findings. WaPo buried the lede but it was there.
— Kammy (@eryourlife) May 1, 2019
Buried Lede – 8 paragraphs in:
“When Barr pressed him whether he thought Barr’s letter was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not, but felt that the media coverage of the letter was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.”
— Boris Zelkin (@LeninsBarber) April 30, 2019
Wow.Mueller did not dispute that Barr’s letter was inaccurate.Buried in the lede “When Barr pressed him whether he thought Barr’s letter was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not, but felt that the media coverage of the letter was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.”
— DColange (@DColange) April 30, 2019
FNC host Sean Hannity made this point as well Tuesday, telling a panel of guests, including Bongino anod Fitton, that the media “contradicts their own headline within the piece. Nothing they disagreed on. Nothing in the letter on Barr. That’s not what they’re telling their readers today.”
One point that didn’t occur to either Bongino, Fitton or Hannity is that this whole story could be fraudulent. Two years ago Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein warned Americans to “exercise caution” when hearing news stories from anonymous stories.
And just earlier this year Mueller’s own office was forced to issue an unexpected public statement after BuzzFeed published an anonymously sourced report accusing President Donald Trump of having directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr said at the time.
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