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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

STATEMENT: Congressman Denny Heck on Special Counsel Mueller’s March Letter to Attorney General Barr

May 1, 2019
Press Release
Barr’s conduct is “wholly unacceptable,” says Heck.

WASHINGTON, DC – After The Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr in late March disagreeing with Barr’s characterization of the Special Counsel’s report, U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement:

I am deeply troubled that Attorney General Barr knowingly mischaracterized the Special Counsel’s report,” said Heck. “The Attorney General continued the mischaracterizations, even after Robert Mueller asked him to correct course by releasing more complete summaries of the investigation’s results.

At the same time that I and other members of Congress were publicly calling on Barr to release more information, Special Counsel Mueller was privately asking Barr to do exactly the same. Yet the Attorney General declined to correct the misinformation he had made public, and in doing so he jeopardized public confidence in the outcome of the Special Counsel’s investigation.

More than that, the Attorney General took one last opportunity to double down on his mischaracterization in a highly polarized and politicized press conference just before releasing the redacted report, in spite of the concerns that Mueller had raised. That is wholly unacceptable.

This revelation underscores the need for Congress to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller, as it is clear that his understanding of the 22-month investigation he led differs substantially from the Attorney General’s characterization of the investigation’s findings.

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