FL Congressman Crist goes after U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida grilled U.S. Attorney General William Barr Tuesday, over whether or not President Donald Trump has been exonerated following the Robert Mueller investigation.

Crist, a member of a U.S. House appropriations committee where Barr testified today, wrote in a tweet:

“On the question of obstruction of justice, the #MuellerReport does not exonerate the President. This is important and another reason why the report should be released to the American people.”

During the hearing in Washington, D.C., Crist asked Barr: “Can you elaborate on what is meant by, ‘does not exonerate the president?'”

“I think that’s the language from the report,” Barr said.

“That’s a statement made by the special counsel (Robert Mueller)… I’m not in a position to discuss that further until the report is all out. And then, what is meant by exonerate is really a question that I can’t answer, what he meant by that,” Barr said in response to Crist’s questioning.

“But as you sit there today, you can’t opine, after having read the report yourself, why it reaches that conclusion, that it does not exonerate the president,” Crist said.

“That’s right,” Barr said.

Controversy continues over the report that investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump may have obstructed justice.

But so far, little of the report has been seen. Lawmakers have been waiting to see the full report, or at least a redacted version, which may be released soon, according to news reports.

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.


  1. Trump has corrupted every aspect of our government, appearing to get stronger rather than on the edge of impeachment. Crist showed us, when he stood up for Florida’s teachers against the will of his party, that he has the backbone and morals to stand up to the gangsters who have hijacked this nation.


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