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MSNBC fact-checks Graham live during Barr hearing

MSNBC hosts Brian Williams and Nicole Wallace fact-checked Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) live during his comments at the panel’s Wednesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr.

During Graham’s opening remarks, the network cut to the two anchors seconds after Graham stated that Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation had found “no collusion” between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government in 2016.

{mosads}”We’re reluctant to do this, we rarely do, but what the chairman of the Judiciary Committee just said, that Mueller found there was no collusion, that is not correct,” Williams said as Graham continued talking in a split-screen.

“The report says collusion is not a thing they considered,” Williams continued. “It doesn’t exist in federal code.”

Mueller did not find evidence sufficient to charge Trump or his team with conspiring with Moscow during its 2016 election interference.

“And what’s stunning is that Lindsey Graham is offering answers to questions that aren’t on the table today,” Wallace said. “The question on the table today, after the reporting [from The Washington Post] last night, is why did Barr mischaracterize what was in the Mueller report?”

Wallace’s remarks referred to reporting from the Post Tuesday evening that revealed Mueller had sent a letter to Barr in March accusing him of not correctly characterizing his investigation’s findings in the four-page summary Barr submitted to Congress.

Some Democrats, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who is running for president, have argued that Barr should resign over his characterization of Mueller’s report.

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