Fox & Friends spins reporting that Mueller complained about Barr's summary of the special counsel's report

Fox & Friends spins reporting that Mueller complained about Barr's summary of the special counsel's report

Ainsley Earhardt: Mueller "had a problem with the media coverage. Not the summary."

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From the May 1 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): As it turns out, somebody, it sounds like in the Department of Justice or the Mueller team, leaked to the The Washington Post a private letter that Robert Mueller wrote to the attorney general. And essentially what he was doing, and you look at The Washington Post headline that summarizes it: "Mueller complained that Barr's four-page letter did not capture the context of the Trump probe." And then you got The New York Times also having the same story. Mueller objected to Barr's description of Russia's investigations finding on Trump. And the problem is simply the fact that while Barr had Mr. Mueller on the phone, they had a cordial 15 minute phone call. He said--

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Not according to this article, there's a rift between them. 

DOOCY: Well, there's a bid difference between the letter and the phone call reportage. Apparently, Mr. Barr said did I get anything wrong, and he goes, "no, but the media is blowing it up wrong," and I don't think that that's right. 

EARHARDT: They're misinterpreting it. 

DOOCY: Yeah. Exactly. 

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DOOCY: [Mueller's] problem was with the media. The way the media was depicting it. The Washington Post had in the initial story -- The Washington Post though had the very nut of the story that a lot of people aren't talking about this morning. And it goes like this: "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." Speaking of-- 

EARHARDT: So he had a problem with the media coverage. 

DOOCY: Yeah, exactly.

EARHARDT: Not the summary. 

Related:

WashPost: Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture ‘context’ of Trump probe  

Previously

Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy on the Mueller report: "Why are the Republicans hiding it? They're hiding it because it's the law."

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