Attorney General William Barr says he was surprised that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team did not reach a conclusion on whether or not President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
Barr said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Mueller told him of his team’s plans at a March 5 meeting.
A Justice Department legal opinion says sitting presidents cannot be indicted. Barr says Mueller told him he wouldn’t have recommended indicting the president even without that opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel.
Barr says Mueller told him that there may come a time when the Justice Department should consider revisiting that opinion but that this is not that case.
Mueller has written a letter saying that Barr’s summary of his Russia report created “public confusion about critical aspects of the results.”