Durbin: Barr's testimony was 'at the minimum misleading' if not 'deception to the American people'

Durbin: Barr's testimony was 'at the minimum misleading' if not 'deception to the American people'
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLet's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday that he believes that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' MORE's testimony before Congress was "misleading" if not an outright "deception to the American people."

“Attorney General Barr not only received that letter from [special counsel] Bob Mueller saying in writing that he disagreed with the attorney general’s characterization of the Mueller report, he then had a telephone conversation with him to follow,” the second-highest ranking Senate Democrat said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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“To say he wasn’t aware of Mueller’s misgivings about his characterization, that is at the minimum misleading if not deception to the American people," he said. 

Durbin also said he agreed with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) that Barr lied. 

"I don't know what other conclusion you could reach," he said.  

Barr testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats on the committee also released a letter Mueller wrote to Barr slamming his summary of the Mueller report as causing "public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation."

Barr in an earlier summary said that Mueller did not find evidence that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's campaign colluded with Russia, but did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.