Judge calls Barr’s Mueller-report rollout misleading

A federal judge on Thursday criticized Attorney General William Barr’s handling of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying Barr “distorted” the findings when he first described them to the public.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, the D.C.-based judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by watchdog group EPIC and BuzzFeed News, ruled that he would review an unredacted version of Mueller’s report to evaluate “inconsistencies” he saw between Barr’s public statements last year about Mueller’s findings and the partially redacted version released to the public.

Walton said the discrepancies led him to “seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report” to help President Trump.

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