After weeks of combing through the special counsel report on the investigation into Russia’s election interference, including whether any Trump associates coordinated with the Russians and whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice, Attorney General William P. Barr released a redacted version of the more than 400-page document on Thursday.
Before releasing the report, Mr. Barr spoke at a news conference Thursday morning and delivered a defense of the president, repeating throughout his remarks that the special counsel found no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Democrats have said Mr. Barr’s decision to deliver remarks before lawmakers or the public had a chance to read the report gave the attorney general a head start on shaping the narrative of the conclusions of the special counsel team, led by Robert S. Mueller III, and delivering an account favorable to Mr. Trump.
“In other words, there was no evidence of the Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government’s hacking,” Mr. Barr said on Thursday.
Here are several things to know about the man in control of what the public can see in one of the most anticipated government documents in history.
William Pelham Barr served as an attorney general during the George Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, meaning he has twice sworn to uphold the Constitution, which is not considered to be a pledge of loyalty to the president.
Mr. Barr replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Mr. Trump publicly criticized and harangued after Mr. Sessions recused himself from overseeing the government’s Russia investigation. Mr. Sessions was ultimately forced to resign because Mr. Trump found him to be disloyal, largely related to that recusal.
Typically, the attorney general maintains an independence from the White House, but Mr. Trump has demonstrated that is not what he wants from his top law enforcement official.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump appeared to be pleased with Mr. Barr’s handling of the report, tweeting a meme that said, “No Collusion. No Obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over.”
He later referred to the investigation as a hoax during remarks at an event to recognize wounded soldiers. “This should never happen to another president again, this hoax,” he said.
As Mr. Barr defended the president, he said the special counsel’s considerations for whether the president obstructed justice must be taken in context.
“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Mr. Barr said on Thursday morning, before his department publicly released the report.
“At the same time there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability, yet as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion.”
The Constitution, according to Mr. Barr’s interpretation, does not consider it a crime for the president to wield his executive powers corruptly, for instance by firing a subordinate or by pardoning a loyal aide. It is an interpretation favorable to Mr. Trump.
“He alone is the executive branch,” Mr. Barr wrote in an unsolicited June 8, 2018 memo. “As such, he is the sole repository of all Executive powers conferred by the Constitution.” The document appeared to criticize Mr. Mueller’s inquiry into whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice, and months later, when Mr. Barr received the Mueller report, which did not take a position on whether the president obstructed justice, Mr. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein concluded Mr. Trump did no such thing.
“There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks,” Mr. Barr said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a defense of Mr. Trump’s relentless attacks on his political opponents, his own Justice Department and the special counsel’s investigation.
“Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely and asserting no privilege claims. And At the same time the president took no act that, in fact, deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation.
Mr. Barr said during his confirmation hearing that he was approached, in June 2017, by an administration official who said he was looking for attorneys to add to the president’s defense team. Mr. Barr said he told the administration official he could not take on that role at the time, but he agreed to meet with Mr. Trump the next day.
“It was a very brief meeting where essentially the president wanted to know — he said, ‘Oh, you know Bob Mueller. How well do you know Bob Mueller?’” Mr. Barr told senators during his January confirmation hearing. He left his phone number with the president at the end of the meeting. Mr. Barr added: “I didn’t hear — hear from him until, you know, later, but about something different, which was the attorney general position.”
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Mr. Barr and Mr. Mueller have been friends for 30 years, dating back to their early days at the Justice Department, Mr. Barr told lawmakers in January. He said he applauded the appointment of Mr. Mueller to take over the Russia investigation. And even though he wrote an unsolicited memo that appeared to criticize parts of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, Mr. Barr said he expected their friendship to be intact after the investigation was over. (He also said he was not criticizing Mr. Mueller in his memo).
Their families are friends, as well, Mr. Barr has said. Their wives went to Bible study together, and Mr. Mueller has been a guest at two of Mr. Barr’s daughters’s weddings.
But some members of Mr. Mueller’s team told associates that Mr. Barr’s four-page letter in March did not adequately describe the conclusions of the special counsel.
The special counsel’s investigators wrote multiple summaries of the dense report, and some members of the team thought Mr. Barr should have included them in his letter, which cited just a few partial quotes from the report.
Last week, Mr. Barr said he would review the F.B.I.’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, which would include a review of whether there was any improper “spying” by American intelligence agencies on the campaign’s associates, something Mr. Trump has claimed for more than two years.
Before he worked for Mr. Trump, Mr. Barr had defended the president’s calls for new investigations into his former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. In November 2017, Mr. Barr said there was “nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation.” He cautioned that such an investigation should only be launched if the “matter warrants investigation,” and not just because Mr. Trump wanted it.
The attorney general at the time, Jeff Sessions, assigned a group of senior Justice Department lawyers to look into some of the accusations and report back on whether a special counsel should be appointed to pursue an inquiry. The Justice Department has not opened one.
【包】【厢】【里】【的】【人】【已】【经】【一】【大】【半】【都】【醉】【了】。 【只】【有】【几】【个】【后】【勤】【的】【还】【保】【持】【着】【清】【醒】。 【他】【们】【看】【见】【姜】【沐】【被】【韩】【时】【衍】【送】【回】【来】，【齐】【齐】【愣】【住】。 【韩】【时】【衍】【高】【中】【时】【便】【沉】【稳】【内】【敛】，【回】【国】【之】【后】【进】【入】【大】【学】【做】【教】【授】【研】【究】【学】【术】，【骨】【子】【里】【浸】【染】【着】【学】【者】【才】【有】【的】【气】【韵】。 【即】【使】【是】【站】【在】【人】【声】【鼎】【沸】【的】【火】【锅】【店】【里】，【一】【眼】【看】【去】，【也】【让】【人】【觉】【得】【气】【度】【不】【凡】。 【贺】【佑】【川】【回】【了】【几】【个】【朋】
【所】【有】【的】【寒】【冬】【料】【峭】，【都】【会】【在】【春】【节】【之】【后】【终】【结】。 【所】【谓】【的】【倒】【春】【寒】，【在】【今】【年】【的】【长】【安】【并】【不】【存】【在】。 【这】【意】【味】【着】，【积】【雪】【将】【很】【快】【化】【去】，【长】【安】【城】【将】【失】【去】【最】【后】【一】【层】【天】【然】【屏】【障】。【自】【从】【皇】【帝】【逃】【走】【后】，【连】【老】【天】【爷】【也】【不】【保】【佑】【这】【座】【被】【抛】【弃】【的】【都】【城】【了】。 【春】【节】【本】【该】【是】【一】【年】【中】【最】【热】【闹】【的】【节】【日】，【可】【对】【于】【长】【安】【城】【大】【多】【数】【人】【家】【来】【说】，【这】【个】【年】【过】【得】【着】【实】【有】【些】【寒】【碜】。王中王中特四肖【女】【儿】【身】！？？？ 【伪】【装】！？？？ 【站】【在】【舞】【大】【郎】【旁】【边】【的】【白】【惜】【莹】，【将】【林】【天】【的】【话】【听】【得】【清】【清】【楚】【楚】。 【她】【两】【眼】【瞪】【得】【滚】【圆】。 【眼】【珠】【子】【差】【点】【掉】【在】【地】【上】【了】。 【下】【意】【识】【的】【打】【量】【了】【一】【番】【舞】【大】【郎】，【白】【惜】【莹】【脸】【上】【带】【着】【浓】【浓】【的】【错】【愕】，【神】【色】【间】【满】【是】【不】【敢】【置】【信】。 【来】【到】【南】【岛】【舞】【家】。 【也】【是】【有】【着】【好】【几】【年】【了】。 【平】【日】【也】【经】【常】【见】【到】【舞】【大】【郎】，【家】【族】
【小】【太】【监】【第】【一】【次】【离】【开】【冷】【宫】，【见】【识】【到】【了】【真】【正】【的】【皇】【宫】，【这】【才】【是】【人】【们】【心】【中】【口】【中】【的】【皇】【宫】【啊】。 【小】【夏】【跪】【在】【地】【上】，【不】【由】【偷】【偷】【打】【量】【起】【巍】【峨】【又】【明】【亮】【的】【宫】【殿】。 【皇】【帝】【身】【穿】【华】【服】【居】【于】【正】【中】，【旁】【边】【站】【了】【两】【位】【仙】【女】【一】【般】【的】【人】【物】，【底】【下】【还】【站】【了】【诸】【多】【的】【小】【仙】【女】，【虽】【比】【堂】【上】【的】【两】【位】【大】【仙】【女】【差】【了】【些】，【却】【也】【比】【旁】【人】【美】【貌】【些】。 【小】【夏】【的】【神】【情】【很】【是】【惊】【讶】。 【原】
【比】【赛】【结】【束】。 【以】【小】【牛】【队】【在】【主】【场】110【比】**，21【分】【大】【胜】【告】【终】。 【在】【这】【场】【比】【赛】【结】【束】【后】，【林】【阳】【作】【为】【赛】【后】【的】【代】【表】【出】【席】【了】【新】【闻】【发】【布】【会】，【他】【本】【场】【比】【赛】【的】【数】【据】【为】14【分】15【助】【攻】5【篮】【板】，【此】【外】【还】【有】1【次】【抢】【断】，【还】【贡】【献】【了】【一】【次】【盖】【帽】。 【他】【连】【续】【两】【场】【比】【赛】【贡】【献】15【个】【助】【攻】，【也】【使】【得】【他】【成】【为】【了】NBA【历】【史】【上】【第】【一】【个】【在】【季】【后】【赛】【前】【两】【场】【比】
【楚】【可】【可】【房】【间】【的】【布】【局】【和】【自】【己】【是】【一】【样】【的】。 “【嗯】，【习】【惯】。”【楚】【可】【可】【紧】【张】【的】【搓】【了】【搓】【手】。 “【你】【坐】！【我】【去】【给】【你】【倒】【水】！！”【楚】【可】【可】【说】【完】【就】【转】【身】【从】【冰】【箱】【里】【拿】【出】【了】【一】【瓶】【矿】【泉】【水】。 【莫】【峤】【坐】【在】【沙】【发】【上】，【从】【这】【里】【可】【以】【看】【见】【她】【乱】【糟】【糟】【的】【床】。 【楚】【可】【可】【找】【一】【个】【没】【有】【用】【过】【的】【杯】【子】，【用】【矿】【泉】【水】【认】【认】【真】【真】【地】【冲】【了】【一】【遍】。 【然】【后】【拿】【到】【莫】【峤】【面】【前】【给】
【天】【武】【帝】【支】【撑】【不】【住】。 【余】【默】【面】【前】【的】【长】【剑】【力】【道】【骤】【减】，【根】【本】【不】【是】【余】【默】【的】【对】【手】，【余】【默】【连】【忙】【出】【大】【招】，【荡】【开】【长】【剑】。 【然】【后】，【剑】【光】【一】【闪】，【他】【与】【血】【刃】【剑】【合】【二】【为】【一】，【化】【作】【一】【道】【凌】【厉】【的】【剑】【光】，【破】【空】【斩】【向】【天】【武】【帝】。 【天】【武】【帝】【眼】【中】【露】【出】【一】【丝】【不】【甘】，【咆】【哮】【一】【声】，【手】【臂】【暴】【涨】，【竟】【然】【硬】【生】【生】【地】【握】【住】【了】【刺】【来】【的】【血】【刃】【剑】。 “【魂】【帝】，【动】【手】！”