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 DurbinDick DurbinInmates grapple with uncertainty over Biden prison plan Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday that he believes that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too 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 PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris 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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's campaign colluded with Russia, but did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.