Bill Barr insults Robert Mueller's letter as 'snitty' while serious fissures emerge between the two friends
Attorney General Bill Barr and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have widely been reported to be longtime friends, but divisions between the two are now emerging following the end of the Russia investigation.
Barr didn't include Mueller at a press conference announcing the release of the Mueller report, an event that was widely panned as misleading and deceptive. And on Tuesday, the country learned that Mueller had sent a letter critical of Barr to the attorney general back in March, objecting the way the end of the investigation and its conclusions had been portrayed.
Testifying to the Senate on Wednesday, Barr revealed he was likewise irritated with Muller over the letter.
“I said, ‘Bob, what’s with the letter?'" Barr said, describing phone call he had with the special counsel. "'Why don’t you just pick up the phone and call me if there’s an issue?'"
He added: "The letter’s a bit snitty, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff.”
Mueller signed the letter, so no matter who wrote it, the special counsel was content to attach his name to it. So Barr's broadside, on live television and under oath, was a pretty harsh jab at his friend. As Barr continues to run defense for the president and distort the findings of Mueller's investigation, it appears the tensions are affecting the relationship between the two men.