Summary of Barr’s Senate Testimony: “Nah” | The Daily Show


Many people were upset about how misleading
Barr’s summary turned out to be. And now we’re finding out
that Mueller himself was also not impressed. REPORTER: Bombshell letter.
What we now know about how Robert Mueller
really felt about the attorney general’s
report on the Russia investigation. REPORTER 2:
In a letter, Mueller told Barr his message to Congress “did not fully capture
the context, nature, and substance”
of Mueller’s views on obstruction of justice. REPORTER 3:
Mueller wrote to Barr… (reading): Mueller was especially mad
that Barr’s letter made the public more confused
about his report, not less. You know?
Barr’s letter was basically the Justice Department
equivalent of every announcement
on the subway. You know? It was just like,
“Ladies and gentlemen, “the Mueller report found…
(indistinct) “…collusion
and Donald Trump… (indistinct) Next stop, Downtown…” (indistinct) W-Wait, so did you say
there was collusion? (indistinct) “Donald Trump…”
(indistinct) And where’s the train going? “I told you…”
(indistinct) So… it came out… (laughing) (cheering and applause) No. You know
what I just thought of? We always assume,
when we’re on the subway, we always assume that it’s,
like, a speaker issue. Wouldn’t it be funny
if the person, like… (speaking indistinctly) And then you’re like,
“Hey, man, c-can you come out
and speak to me?” “I’m on my– I’m on my way.” And then they come in the train,
and you’re like, “What are you saying?”
And they’re like… (speaking indistinctly) So, so, it came out that Robert Mueller was unhappy with how the attorney general
spun the investigation to make Trump look good. And because Barr
was scheduled to testify in front of Congress today, the Democrats used
Mueller’s letter to paper-cut Barr to pieces. Mr. Barr,
now the American people know that you are no different
from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway
or any of the other people who sacrifice
their once decent reputation for the grifter and liar
who sits in the Oval Office. -America deserves better.
-(whooping) You should resign. Wow. Man, you know you messed up if you made a senator
from Hawaii mad. (laughter) Yeah. People from Hawaii
don’t get mad. They live peacefully
with volcanoes. (laughter) You understand.
The earth beneath them is literally exploding,
and they’re just like going… (humming upbeat song) (laughter) But don’t get it twisted.
Don’t get it twisted. Even though the Democrats
were coming after Barr, he didn’t show up to just be
their punching bag. No. When he got his chance,
he made it clear that there was nothing wrong
with his summary, because it wasn’t a summary
at all. We were not trying to summarize the 410, uh, page report. I told Bob
that I was not interested in putting out summaries. I thought summaries,
by very definition, regardless of who prepared them,
would be underinclusive. But as I said, I’m…
I wasn’t interested in putting out summaries. I’m not trying
to capture everything. I’m just trying
to state the verdict. No, you just absolutely
used the word “summarize,” though, in your letter. Summarized
the principal conclusions. Principal conclusions, which most people would view
as a summary. Wow. That was the most exciting
boring fight I’ve ever seen in my life. “It’s not a summary. It’s a summation
of principal conclusions!” Like, if you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of Star Wars
is, it’s Semantic Wars. So in summary, Barr said that his summary
wasn’t a summary, all right? He also went on to say
the only reason we’re all confused about
what the Mueller Report means is because
Mueller didn’t do his job. MAN: Attorney General
Bill Barr defiant, saying he did not understand why Mueller did not make
a decision on obstruction. Was it Special Counsel Mueller’s
responsibility to make
a charging recommendation? Uh… I think the deputy attorney
general and I thought it was. If he felt that he shouldn’t
go down the path of making a traditional, uh, prosecutive decision, then he shouldn’t
have investigated. Why were those investigated,
if, at the end of the day, you weren’t going
to reach a decision on them? Hmm. I got to say,
even if you don’t like Barr, you have to agree
that he raises a good point. Like, Mueller was brought in
as a super detective, but instead
of solving the case, he just laid out the evidence
and then walked away. That would be the worst episode
of Sherlock Holmes ever. “It’s pretty clear
what happened here, Watson. “The blood spatter ends
in the hall, “the door was open
on the inside, “and the gunpowder blew
in the direction of the bedroom, which means
the killer is in this room.” (gasping)
“Oh, no. Who is it, Sherlock?” “Well, that’s not my job. “Uh, hopefully, someone will
summarize it for you. All right, then, everybody.
Good-bye.” That’s what he did. So Barr basically spent
the entire hearing being defensive and combative, and his story is that although Mueller’s letter berates him
for his bad summary, he says that
when Robert Mueller called him and they spoke on the phone, they were basically
on the same page. But when senators asked
for proof of what happened on that phone call, Barr said, “I’ve got your proof
right here.” Did anyone, either you
or anyone on your staff, memorialize your conversation
with Robert Mueller? Yes. Who did that? Uh, there were notes taken
of-of the call. May we have those notes? -No.
-Why not? Why should you have them? (laughter, groaning) Okay. Uh, America, I feel like I’ve discovered
a fundamental flaw in your democracy. You have no defense against
someone just being a dick. (laughter) Seriously, look
at Senator Blumenthal’s face. Like, he cannot believe
what just happened. He’s-he’s just like, “Wha-Wha…
I ca… Wha-Wha-What?” Like, he has the face
white people pull when they get shut down
in public. You know when people are like,
“I want to see the manager!” Just like, “Get the (bleep)
out of here, lady. Ain’t no manager at T.J. Maxx!” (gasps)
“Oh.” (stammering) (laughter) (applause and cheering) “Do you know that I’m white?!” (laughter) So after a full day
of Senate hearings, we are no closer to getting more
clarity on the Mueller Report. Democrats believe that it proved
what they wanted it to say. Republicans think that they
proved the complete opposite. And because Barr has now refused
to show up to testify to the House tomorrow,
it looks like a potential Mueller hearing is
the Democrats last hope. And look, I don’t know if
Barr’s a good attorney general. I do know that I wish
he was in charge of Facebook, because then, the Russians would never
get their hands on our data. This guy doesn’t give
anything out. They’d be like, “Give us data
on all American votes.” He’d be like,
“Why should I?” “Because we ask you.” “Why don’t you ask Deez Nutz?” -(gasping loudly)
-(laughter) “I want to see manager!”

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