Fox’s Napolitano Rips Barr’s ‘Dumb and Insulting’ Deception to Congress: ‘Foolish Attempt to Sanitize’ Mueller Report
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano published an online op-ed Thursday in which he broke down Attorney General William Barr‘s lies and his failure to comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena.
Napolitano started by noting the complaints from Robert Mueller and his team that Barr failed to adequately describe the seriousness of the special counsel’s investigative findings. The attorney general, when asked by a congressional subcommittee if he knew of any criticisms on his four page summary memo, answered “No, I don’t.”
The problem, according to Napolitano, is that Barr’s testimony came after he had received Mueller’s letter containing his complaints about Barr’s characterizations.
From Napolitano’s op-ed:
It is clear that Barr’s four-page letter, about which Mueller complained to Barr and some of Mueller’s team complained to the media, was a foolish attempt to sanitize the Mueller report. It was misleading, disingenuous and deceptive. Also, because Barr knew that all or nearly all of the Mueller report would soon enter the public domain, it was dumb and insulting.
Napolitano added: “Was Barr’s testimony before Congress deceptive? In a word: Yes.”
The Fox News analyst also said Barr disobeyed a subpoena by refusing to provide Congress with an un-redacted version of the Mueller report. He acknowledged that Barr was legally required to keep the redacted portions blacked out, but explained that in that scenario, Barr should have gone to a federal judge and challenged the subpoena instead of just ignoring it and letting himself be charged with contempt.
Napolitano concluded by remarking that the country seems to be heading to a “Constitutional crisis” if the “clash” between President Donald Trump and Congress continues to escalate.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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