A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice “lack credibility” and cannot be trusted.
The ruling was in a case seeking the release of an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“The actions of Attorney General Barr and his representations about the Mueller Report preclude the Court’s acceptance of the validity of the Department’s redactions without its independent verification,” US District Judge Reggie Walton wrote. “The court will conduct an independent review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report to determine whether it concurs with the Department’s determination.”
Some legal experts weighed in on the ruling:
This is an extraordinary opinion. A federal judge finds that Barr exhibited a "lack of candor" and "made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump" in releasing his letter summarizing the report https://t.co/UeHldtusUu
— Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) March 5, 2020
This is remarkable. A federal judge (appointed by GW Bush) says it flat-out: "AG Barr's lack of candor specifically call[s] into question Barr's credibility."
Every prosecutor is taught early and often: Without your credibility, you've got nothing.
Barr is unfit to serve. https://t.co/bG2Wnqbi6g
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) March 5, 2020
The judge agrees to take the unusual step of reviewing the full Mueller report to see if DOJ’s redactions are legally correct in a case where journalists seek it. Extraordinary language about the court’s view of how AG Barr handles of the release. https://t.co/jE4n3TImST
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) March 5, 2020
Attorney General Barr should resign.https://t.co/wJAWWMBKJf
— Common Cause (@CommonCause) March 5, 2020