Rosenstein: Criticism of Barr’s Handling of Mueller Report ‘Bizarre’

William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general not the country's

Trump tweeted. "Attorney General Barr will make the decision!"

"He's being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he's trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely weird", Rosenstein told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Wednesday.

"Nunes" move is an escalation by Trump's allies in Congress to pivot from Mueller's still-unreleased findings to the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department investigators who initiated the Russian Federation probe", Politico reports.

Rosenstein on Friday defended Barr's handling of the process, saying the attorney general was "being as forthcoming as he can".

One lawyer who has dealt with the Mueller team in the past, told Axios, "My guess is, it's probably going to be when it's put all together by Mueller's team, it's going to look more like obstruction to the casual eye than it might be [legal]".

The White House has already been briefed on the report, and after, Trump changed his tune from wanting to release it to say it was a waste of time and people should move on. "I'm going to give you the top-line conclusions.' That's all he was trying to do".

The president's latest comments come days after he called the probe an attempted "coup", while Barr promised to investigate FBI "spying" on Trump.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe in May 2017, after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who had directed the investigation to that point. But Barr responded, saying he thought he could complete any redactions by "mid-April, if not sooner", and the release anticipated for this week does hit that promised timeline. The investigation fell to Rosenstein after then-attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe.

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