Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency'

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDay one impeachment hearings draw 13.1M viewers, down 32 percent from Comey hearings There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report MORE said Saturday that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE did not succeed in his mission due to "inadequate transparency."

"He didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency to the American people on whose behalf he was investigating," Comey said during the Politicon political conference in Nashville, Tenn. 

He said there were two major ways this "transparency" was lacking: "the way in which his report was spun, massaged and, in my view, misconstrued by the attorney general" and the fact that "they way in which it was physically presented made it impossible for the American people to have access to it."


"Mueller presented a great report that's old-school. It's 446 pages long. But nobody has access to it, so nobody sees the work he did, and the American people, except for a small slice, don't know that he removed any possible fuzz on the notion of the Russian attack, that he laid out an extraordinary series of acts by the president," Comey said. 

"I think part of his mandate is to make sure that the people who he represents have a reasonable understanding of what he found," he added. 

Mueller's investigation into whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election followed Comey's 2017 firing. This year, a redacted version of Mueller's report was released publicly. 

The report outlined 10 instances in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE may have obstructed justice. It also found that Russia attempted to interfere in U.S. elections. It did not find that the Trump campaign illegally conspired with Russia. 

Ahead of the release of the redacted report, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' MORE released a summary saying he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not enough evidence to bring an obstruction of justice charge against Trump.