In his four-page letter to Congressional committee chairs on Sunday, Barr included this statement:
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams suggested that particular conclusion from the attorney general constitutes overreach.
“The reason you retain a special counsel is so the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, the people who are appointed by the president, do not make this sort of decision about the president,” Abrams said. “That’s why you have a special counsel.”
Abrams went on to suggest that Mueller believed Congress should have made the decision on whether to pursue an obstruction case against the president, and that Barr overstepped by taking the matter into his own hands.
“The special counsel gave us the final word on the question of Russia conspiracy: No case,” Abrams said. “Robert Mueller did not give us the final word on obstruction. It does makes you think that he’s saying, ‘Let’s give this to Congress. Here are all the reasons for, here are the reasons against.’ And then Bill Barr comes in and says, ‘Wait, I’m going to take this,’ even though that’s really not supposed to be his role.”