Congressional Democrats and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” intentionally used a misleading video to make claims that Attorney General William Barr lied to lawmakers. And the way they did it is pretty deceptive and overall stupid.
Maddow played a clip of an exchange between Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and AG Barr from a hearing back in early April about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
During that hearing, Barr responded to Van Hollen that he didn’t know if Muller agreed with his conclusion of the report, but according to Alex Griswold, a Washington Free Beacon reporter, it actually came from the time Van Hollen asked Barr about his findings over obstruction of justice claims. They knowingly used the response from a different question and edited the video to make it appear that Barr said something he didn’t say. That’s fraud.
A.G. Barr testified under oath that he didn't know if Robert Mueller supported his conclusion about the report. Reports now say that two weeks earlier Mueller had expressed his displeasure to Barr. Is that a problem? pic.twitter.com/g4hGK7VyRy
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 1, 2019
Maddow must have seen what slimy, lying Democrats Van Hollen and Jerry Nadler were doing, and she figured she had a great bit to do on her show. The only problem is, she didn’t vet the story, because it played perfectly into her nightly conspiracy theory program. You see, Van Hollen and Nadler also lied about the exchange, insisting it was about Barr’s summary of the Mueller report.
I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. “Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter. https://t.co/IiK5zJYtAS
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 1, 2019
On April 20th, I asked Barr, “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?” His answer was, “I don’t know whether Mueller supported my conclusion.”
We now know Mueller stated his concerns on March 27th, and that Barr totally misled me, the Congress, and the public. He must resign. pic.twitter.com/rod404BbYo
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 1, 2019
These people have such an irresistible and insatiable need to prove a conspiracy theory they’ve been pushing that they are willing to say things in public they know aren’t true just to feel the exhilaration of fooling everyone who listened to them say it, knowing full well that the Internet is a real thing, and video that exposes their hoax exists.
I don’t know what the psychological term is for that, but I’m willing to bet I’d never be able to spell it.
Vox likewise reports that Barr “told Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.) during a Senate hearing that he wasn’t sure about Mueller’s thoughts on his letter.” CBS News wrote on the exchange that “Barr denied knowing where Mueller stood on his characterization of the investigation’s findings.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza likewise characterized that exchange as being about the four-page summary.
All are wrong. For full context, here are Van Hollen’s questions before the clip in question. The last question is the one Maddow claims was actually about the four-page summary. [emphasis added]
You put your view of the report out there on this issue of obstruction of justice, right? No one asked you to do that.
You made a conclusion of the question of obstruction of justice that was not contained in the Mueller report. I’m simply asking you, when you looked at the evidence, did you agree with Mueller and his team that there were difficult issues of law and fact?
Did your decision require you to look into the intent of the President of the United States, with respect to obstruction of justice?
Mr. Attorney General, the thing is you put this out there. I mean, the president went out and tweeted the next day that he was exonerated. That wasn’t based on anything in the Mueller report with respect to obstruction of justice, that was based on your assessment. That was on March 24. And now you won’t elaborate at all as to how you reached that conclusion because I’m not asking you what’s in the Mueller report, I’m asking about your conclusion.
You can watch the full exchange here.
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