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 DurbinDemocrats pledge to fight Trump detention policy during trip to border Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday that he believes that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller 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 PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress 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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE's campaign colluded with Russia, but did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.