Former special prosecutor Ken Starr appeared on Monday’s edition of “The Story With Martha MacCallum” when he called special counsel Robert Mueller’s letter to Attorney General William Barr, calling it an “unfair whiny complaint.”
“In terms of what you said earlier, Ken Starr, I want to ask you about — you said Bob Mueller deserves the sharpest criticism for sandbagging Bill Barr. What do you think about that?” MacCallum asked.
“Terrible. Well, his letter that was then leaked on the very eve of Bill Barr’s testimony, was essentially, I believe, an unfair whiny complaint when he wasn’t saying that the letter, the March 24 letter from Bill Barr that summarized the conclusions, which he was obliged to do,” Starr stated. “That wasn’t a discretionary call, he was obliged to do exactly what he did. Then here comes Bob Mueller with this letter, which is then leaked.”
“That is to me the unforgivable sin. He, Bob Mueller, badly injured this attorney general and the attorney general didn’t deserve that,” Starr continued.
“But, of course, that created its own huge firestorm, including suggestions that the attorney general was totally mischaracterizing the report and so forth. When you look at that March 24 letter, I think Bill Barr was honestly trying to do the right thing and to do it in the right way.”
The exchanges between Barr and Mueller have been closely inspected, however, according to the Washington Post’s report explained that while his official letter raised questions that have been asked time and again, Mueller and Barr’s call had a different tone:
When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.
In their call, Barr also took issue with Mueller calling his memo a “summary,” saying he had never intended to summarize the voluminous report, but instead provide an account of its top conclusions, officials said.