Ari Melber and Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Spar Over Barr Letter: ‘Save the Media Criticism’


MSNBC’s Ari Melber spoke with Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and pressed him on the Mueller report and the Bill Barr letter with the AG’s findings on Robert Mueller‘s conclusions.

Melber said the finding on collusion is good news for Trump, but asked, “How do you explain how many misstatements and falsehoods there were? Other people, as you know, were convicted of obstruction-related crimes and lying to the feds. That’s not in doubt. How do you explain all of that now that you have this result that would seem to be positive on the lack of conspiracy?”

Sekulow pointed to how all the charges in the investigation had nothing to do with Russia, including “process crimes.”

At one point, Melber asked Sekulow what his takeaway from “no exoneration on obstruction” is. Sekulow show back by asking about the “no crime” part,

He told Melber to “read the whole sentence,” in which Barr quotes Mueller’s report as saying “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

They went back and forth for a bit over that key part of the Barr letter, and Sekulow knocked Melber for “conveniently leav[ing] off where it says the president––we’re not accusing the president of a crime.”

Melber responded, “Jay, save the media criticism for when we’re not doing the interview.”

They kept going back and forth as Melber told him the graphic they’ve been showing “has the entire quote.”

You can watch the full segment above, via MSNBC.

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