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"I will say that when we met with (Mueller) ... we specifically asked him about the OLC opinion and whether or not he was taking the position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion," Barr told reporters. "And he made it very clear several times that that was not his position. He was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found a crime. He made it clear that he had not made the determination that there was a crime."
He continued, "The special counsel's office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider."
originally posted by: network dude
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In the interest of Truth, and not partisan crybaby garbage, I hope this is cleared up, and explained.
It's karma. I am usually "that guy" when it happens to someone else. Derp on me.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: network dude
They are saying the same thing: that the question of whether a crime occured was not even a consideration, so no real comment one way or the other can be made.
We have to remember: Trump was not the target of the investigation (according to Comey and Rosenstein). It makes perfect sense that, when considered under the lens of reality, that someone who isn't the target of an investigation would not have criminality weighed against them. And if an inclination was present to do so, departmental policy would have prohibited it.
All Mueller was saying was "We didn't consider it in any form as it would be a waste of time even if it was something we wanted to do".
originally posted by: lostbook
Barr gave his summation of what Mueller says in his report. Mueller gives us what he really said. It's like when you say something in a group setting and someone in the group paraphrases what you said to the rest of the group. The paraphrase is wrong so you address the crowd directly to clarify what you said. Would you rather believe the source of the information or a 3rd party review of the source?
Barr claimed that Mueller told him he did not believe the summary was "misleading or inaccurate" but that the press coverage did not capture the essence of his report.