Legal experts weigh in on Barr’s 'misleading' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: He 'would excuse Nixon's cover-up of Watergate'

Legal experts weigh in on Barr’s 'misleading' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: He 'would excuse Nixon's cover-up of Watergate'

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, addressing his response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation. Barr, in a letter to Congress on March 24, offered his assessment of Mueller’s findings—and Mueller has vehemently disagreed with the attorney general’s assessment. Some of the most aggressive questioning of Barr on Wednesday came from Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who found Barr’s summation of Mueller’s report to be at odds with what Mueller himself has said.

Legal experts have been weighing in on Barr’s Wednesday testimony and spin on Mueller's report. Conservative attorney George Conway found Barr's statements to be misleading:

Neal Katyal noted how "misleading" Barr's testimony was:

MSNBC's Katie Phang found Barr's testimony to be "disrespectful":

CNN's Elie Honig commented that Barr didn't sound like the United States' top law enforcement official:

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin equated Barr with a Nixon apologist:

Former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara has found Barr's comments on Mueller's report to be inconsistent:

Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks hoped for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn:

Former FBI Director James Comey's tweet was melancholy rather than angry:

CNN's Renato Mariotti was critical of Barr's statements on Mueller:

Fox News' Jonathan Turley, however, felt that Mueller rather than Barr is the one who needs to clarify his position:


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