Attorney General William Barr was grilled on Wednesday during his hearing over the Mueller report.
While being questioned, Barr was cornered by Democratic Senator Kamala Harris who got Barr to admit that he did not fully read the Mueller report before coming to the conclusion that Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.
“Now the special counsel’s investigation produced a great deal of evidence,” Harris said. “I’m led to believe it included witnesses notes and e-mails, witness interviews, testimony, which were summarized in the FBI 302 forms, former director Comey’s memos and the president’s public statements. My question is in reaching your conclusion, did you personally review all of the underlying evidence?”
Barr then admitted that he had not.
“We accepted the statements in the report as a factual record. We did not go underneath it to see whether or not they were accurate. We accepted it as accurate.”
“So you accepted the report as the evidence?” Harris said. “You did not question or look at the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report?”
Barr said he had not, and neither had his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, or anyone else in his office.
Barr then tried to make his statements seem unimportant and tried to claim that it was normal for a person in his position not to review the underlying evidence.
“I think you’ve made it clear, sir that you have not looked at the evidence and we can move on,” Harris said.
Take a look at the video clip below:
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