Graham is now reading Peter Strzok's tweets that are critical of Trump.
"These are the people investigating the Clinton email situation and started the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Compare them to Mueller." - Graham
"Sorry to the kids out there."
Speaking on the letter:
The campaign's activities re: stolen emails also outlined clearly, Feinstein says.
But Mueller outlined 10 episodes of Trump doing this, she notes.
Also: witnesses like Kushner, Sarah Sanders, Giuliani, Bannon and John Kelly all stated they could not recall events.
"Some associated with the Trump campaign deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period using applications...
Based on these gaps, the Mueller Report concluded: The office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would have shed additional light...
Contrary to the conclusion that the special counsel's report did not find evidence of communication or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia...
During the March 25 meeting, Barr says he reiterated to Mueller that in order to have the shortest possible time before he was in a position to release the report, he asked the office to identify grand jury material.
Barr says he asked Mueller if the summary was inaccurate, he claims Mueller said no, the press reporting on it was inaccurate.
Barr said he wasn't interested in putting out summaries or doing it piecemeal. He wanted to put the entire report out at once.
Barr: "My question is: why were those investigated if at the end of the day, you weren't going to reach a decision on them?"
Sidebar: We need Mueller to testify publicly.
Barr says its the obstruction statute.
The attempt to change McGahn's account to prevent further scrutiny of the investigation, Feinstein is arguing, amounts to obstruction.
"Is that a credible charge under obstruction?"
Wherever it fell on that, the NYT story on McGahn was very different., Barr says.
"There's something very different between suggesting someone is fired, and having a special counsel removed for conflict."
There's reasonable doubt here, he says.
McGahn had weeks before already given testimony to the SPC and POTUS knew that.
Barr: Well, that's not a crime.
Barr: To be obstruction, it has impair the evidence in a particular proceeding. McGahn already gave his evidence.
Barr: I'm not really sure of his reasoning. I really could not recapitulate his analysis.
(Again, this is why we need Mueller to testify in an open setting.)
"We now know Mueller wrote you on Mar 27 expressing concerns that your Mar 24 letter failed to capture the context/nature/substance of the report.
Barr says he spoke to Mueller directly about those concerns
Barr: "I don't know what members are being talking about and I'm not aware of any challenge to the accuracy of the findings."
"I think your answer [during his testimony before congress] was purposefully misleading and I think others to do too. "
Sarcastically says he is glad that we finally got to the end of the Mueller Report just to discuss Clintons emails.
GOP is using the "Lock her up!" defense, he says.
Barr says the letter said Mueller reached no conclusion. "My view was there a lot of criticism of the SPC in following days"...then he got the letter from Mueller.
Durbin says he wants McGahn to testify, Barr says he would have no issue with this.
Barr responds by saying: People assume the only intelligence collected was a single confidential informant and [through a] FISA warrant. I'd like to find out if that's true...
Barr spoke with him on Mar 28; also says this is when he first learned about existence of WaPo story that would make the letter public.
Then says no one at WaPo contacted him for comment.
Whitehouse notes Barr only made the letter available this morning, but could have handed it over during his hearing with Congress back in early April.
Barr comes back: "The government did not have a prosecutable case."
Asks Barr to tell him why that happened but Barr said he can't recapitulate it.
He didn't have a "clear understanding" of it.
The attorney general should understand why Mueller, the special counsel, made the decisions he made. One would think.
To her, this smacks of obstruction.
Barr says that isn't obstruction
Trump wasn't "looking for a press stmt, he wanted a fraudulent record for WH records."
"A letter that wasn't true," Coons says.
Then Coons says he wants to see Mueller testify.
Barr waits a beat, asks Coon if he means a foreign govt or foreign intel service?
For now -
Coons cuts in- "Should they say "I love it lets meet'"?
Barr doesn't take the bait on that infamous Don Jr quip, instead only says "If its foreign intelligence service, then yes."
Barr says no.
Here is my story from July 2018 on that, if you care to revisit:
Yet Barr's press conference "cleared" the president.
Blumenthal says, "You ignored that Mueller found substantial evidence and it's in the report... we found intent, interference with an ongoing investigation, and the obstructive act."
On those remaining investigations (12-14 of them), Blumenthal asks if he's had any communication with anyone in the WH?"
Blumenthal asks if Barr will recuse himself from those and he says, sharply, "No."
Barr: I'm not in the business of determining what lies are told to the American people. I'm in the business of determining whether crime has been committed.
This. Hearing. Tho.
"You let POTUS personal lawyers look at the report before you even deigned to let Congress see it."
"Now we know, thanks to a free press, that Mr. Mueller objected to your summary."
These calls for resignation today may not gain much traction within a Republican-held committee. But if he ends up going before Dems in the House on Thursday, that drumbeat will be VERY, VERY loud.
Barr asks what event she's talking about.
Dodges the Q, Hirono moves on. Asks if its OK for someone to threaten someone's family or dangle pardons.
"You have slandered this man from top to bottom," Graham says.
Don Jr was simply interested in what "this Russian woman" had, Barr said (Natalia Veselnitskaya)
Barr cuts in and goes "what information was shared?"
"Has POTUS ever asked you open an investigation of anyone?"
Barr says I wouldn't, I wouldn't... then stops asks Harris to repeat the Q.
Barr says he doesn't know.
SPC produced a great deal of evidence, did Barr review all of it?
He says no, he accepted statements in report as the factual record.
Not to his knowledge, Barr says.
Asks if anyone in his office reviewed the evidence. He says no.
Yet, Harris says, he represented to the public that the evidence did not support criminal activity.
Harris: but you called it your baby, and it was your decision to charge.
Barr says, he only meant it was his baby to disclose.
Barr stammers says "Thats what the acting AG job is."
To be a witness and to decide the charges? Harris asks, before ending her time
Barr says under current leadership, no.
Cruz always starts his time by saying "Let me start by saying."
Says senators are impugning Barr's integrity, that he's leading the DOJ with "fidelity to law"
Cruz thinks the entire issue for Dems in this whole thing is that the letter wasnt released earlier.
Cruz says if so, that's an exceptionally weak argument.
Leahy says, I don't agree with that, but thats OK.
Barr says it was Mar 24. Same day as the letter.
Barr says you have to prove intent and establish beyond reasonable doubt that activity is corrupt.
Klobuchar: Are the president's actions detailed in report consistent with his oath of office and requirement in Constitution that he take care of the laws and they be faithfully executed?
Klobuchar: So you made that decision?
Graham cuts her off, due to time left in session.
Barr confirms he took notes, then when asked if he would turn over notes, Barr verbatim replies: "Why should I?"