Barr Has Some Thoughts After Mueller Presser: He ‘Could’ve Reached A Decision’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S. Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks during the National Police Week 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Thousands of law enforce... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S. Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks during the National Police Week 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Thousands of law enforcement officers, their supporters and family members of those officers who have died in the line of duty gathered on the National Mall to remember and honor them. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 30, 2019 3:17 p.m.

Attorney General William Barr issued a mild critique of special counsel Robert Mueller in a clip of interview with “CBS This Morning,” released a day after Mueller’s public statement about the probe.

“I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision,” he said, referring to Mueller’s decision not to determine whether President Trump obstructed justice.

“He could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity, but he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained,” Barr continued. “I’m not going to argue about those reasons, but when he didn’t make a decision, the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and I felt it was necessary for us as the heads of the department to reach that decision.”

This comes after Mueller said Wednesday that he felt it would be unfair to say whether Trump committed a crime when the issue could not be resolved in court. He also said that if the special counsel’s office had felt confident Trump hadn’t committed a crime, it would’ve said so.

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