Nicole Wallace: Bill Barr Is "Lying" About Obstruction; "My Question Is Why?"


During MSNBC's live coverage of Attorney General William Barr's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, anchor Nicolle Wallace said Barr was lying about "one of the critical flashpoints in the obstruction investigation."

NICOLE WALLACE, MSNBC: So I’m not going to dance around this. He’s lying. He’s lying about what the Mueller report finds around one of the critical flashpoints in the obstruction investigation.

One of the incidents that was investigated by Robert Mueller and his obstruction investigators was the attempted firing of the special counsel. It was one of the incidents that was under investigation into, really, days before Mueller wrapped up. He’s quibbling with whether removing Mueller and firing him is the same thing. Here’s how Donald Trump talked about removing/firing special counsel Mueller.

This is from Chris Christie’s testimony. One of five witnesses cited in the footnotes of the Mueller obstruction report, about Donald Trump’s efforts to fire Robert Mueller. Christie recalled a telephone conversation with the president in which the president asked what Christie thought about the president firing, not removing, the special counsel. Christie advised against doing so because there was no basis for the president to fire the special counsel and the president would lose support from Republicans in Congress. I’m going to disagree with his testimony.

Here’s McGahn on the president's effort to make McGahn fire [Mueller].. Again, from the footnote in the obstruction report. Although McGahn recalled receiving multiple calls from the president on the same day, he was not specific about the dates, but he was confident he had at least two phone conversations with the president in which the president directed him to call the acting attorney general and have the special counsel removed.

It’s also the colorful reporting from this report where Don McGahn says to Reince Priebus, who is the third witness to this, the president asked me to do some "crazy shit." I’m sorry to swear. But I think we’ve got an attorney general lying about what is in the Mueller report around what was the most investigated flashpoints in the obstruction investigation. My question, again, is why.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Why did the president -- the Republicans seem to be relitigating the presidency of Hillary Clinton?

NICOLE WALLACE: Well, what's interesting to me about that is it's not like that's not under control. there's an inspector general that has looked at the conduct of FBI agents, Pete Strzok and Lisa Page. I heard Lindsey Graham drop the f-bomb to make the highlight reel of FOX News. But the real mystery -- I don't know if it's much of a mystery anymore -- is why is he doing the thing that Robert Mueller wrote two letters accusing him of doing, which is distorting the contents of the Mueller probe?

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