Rift Opens Between Mueller And Barr Thehill

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At a contentious hearing marked by a deep partisan divide Mr. Barr denied misrepresenting the investigations conclusions despite a newly revealed letter by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III protesting the initial summary of its findings. The conflict escalated afterward when Mr. Barr announced that he would not show up for a parallel hearing on Thursday before the Democrat controlled House Judiciary Committee. Barr objected to the format of questioning not just lawmakers. Democrats may now opt to subpoena him setting up a possible showdown in court. Barr on Wednesday called the letter snitty and said he would rather Mueller have called him to vent his frustration. Its unclear whether the disagreement has festered over the last few weeks or was resolved. Barr argued Wednesday that Mueller should have abandoned the obstruction inquiry if he knew he wouldnt ultimately reach a conclusion

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