From colleague Jake Gibson. Barr says Mueller asked for last night’s letter. Barr: “Bob had said that he intended to stick with the public report and not go beyond that..they asked us for guidance in writing to explain or to tell them our position was. So we responded in writing”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 23, 2019
Sounds like example number two of Mueller trying to limit what he has to say. Here’s example number one.
Yesterday the Department of Justice sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller informing him it is appropriate to stay within the boundaries of his 448 page report during testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.
“Please note that there should be no testimony concerning the redacted portions of the public version of the report, which may not be disclosed because of applicable laws, court rules and orders,” the letter states. “Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement, deliberative process, attorney work product, and presidential communications privileges. These privileges would include discussion about investigative steps or decisions made during your investigation not otherwise descried in the public version of your report. Consistent with standard practice, Department witnesses should decline to address potentially privileged matters, thus affording the Department the full opportunity at a later date to consider particular questions and possible accomodations that may fulfill the committees’ legitimate need for information while protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler accused the Department of Justice of trying to limit Mueller’s remarks and argued the letter should be ignored.