Blumenthal: Barr Letter "Did Not, I Repeat, Did Not" Exonerate Trump

Sen. Richard Blumenthal told CNN Tuesday morning that AG Barr's summary of the Mueller report was meant to "frame a message" and Mueller "did not, and, I repeat, not exonerate the President on obstruction of justice." "I do not deeply respect and trust the Barr summary, which was designed to frame the message before the information was available, and he succeeded in creating headlines," he said. <blockquote>SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: We need to see the Mueller report, not just the Barr summary of it. Full transparency and disclosure are critical. The American people deserve it. They paid for that investigation. They need to know all of the evidence and facts that led Robert Mueller to his conclusion and his reasoning, because what he concluded was that there was, in fact, insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt and charge a crime, which as I said in the sound that you played was an open question. But, very importantly, John, he did not, and, I repeat, not exonerate the President on obstruction of justice. And the two are closely related because obviously criminal intent, which is essential to committing and charging a crime, may have been lacking because of that obstruction of justice. And that’s why the American people need to know all of the facts.</blockquote>