Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "bomshell" response to Attorney General William Barr's summary of his report wasn't a bombshell at all. It was yet another condemnation of the national media. In Paragraph 11(!) of The Washington Post's exclusive report, it is revealed that Mueller's gripe wasn't with Barr at all; it was with the media:
A day after Mueller sent his letter to Barr, the two men spoke by phone for about 15 minutes, according to law enforcement officials. In that call, Mueller said he was concerned that media coverage of the obstruction investigation was misguided and creating public misunderstandings about the office’s work, according to Justice Department officials. Mueller did not express similar concerns about the public discussion of the investigation of Russia’s election interference, the officials said. Barr has testified previously he did not know whether Mueller supported his conclusion on obstruction. When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.
Mueller, then, had no issue with the accuracy of Barr's depiction of his investigation. He was concerned that the media was inaccurately reporting on it. Naturally, the media has zeroed in on language in Mueller's letter that expressed Mueller's frustration that Barr's summary "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions" while ignoring the fact that the reason for this is that it allowed the media to engage in several weeks' worth of baseless speculation about what the full Mueller report actually contained.
Dan O'Donnell debunks this dishonest spin in his opening monologue on Wednesday's show: