Who got tossed under the Bill Barr bus?


Democrats repeatedly admonished Attorney General William Barr at a contentious Senate hearing Wednesday, accusing him of bias and lying, and even calling for his resignation.

Barr’s response to many of those salvos? Throw others under the bus.

The pass-the-buck approach spared few over four-plus hours of questioning about Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. A POLITICO tally of the transcript counted more than 30 times where the attorney general redirected the criticism, with a number of figures ending up as collateral casualties.

Here’s a breakdown of who took the brunt of Barr’s blame:

Robert Mueller

Barr and Mueller have been friends for more than three decades, but that relationship mattered little from the very start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

In his opening statement, the attorney general shredded Mueller over the sheer volume of material the special counsel turned in last month at the conclusion of his investigation, creating a predicament that Barr said forced him to buy time with his controversial release of top-line findings while the Justice Department and special counsel lawyers reviewed all the potential redactions.

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