The only plausible explanation is purposeful deception.
That was the role for which Barr auditioned: Secretary of Undermining Mueller & Confusing the Public
1) Focusing on yes-or-no “collusion” (which is not a crime) has the effect of narrowing the conversation to exclude a vast range of other misconduct/criminal acts…
Unlike Obama, who had zero involvement & wanted to keep it that way, 45 asked his minion AG to investigate FBI/DOJ who were doing their duties & subject to a pending IG review anyway.
My sentiments exactly.
Transcript ~> talkingfeds.com/transcripts/20…
But my favorite excuse is the “perjury trap” concept: Can’t ask POTUS to talk to Mueller because he’s so prone to lying.