Former US Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired early on in the Trump administration, said on Monday morning that special counsel Robert Mueller has abdicated responsibility by not coming to a definite conclusion in his report about whether the president obstructed justice.
“It’s an abdication of responsibility,” he said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “He punts to Congress, then Bill Barr runs onto the field and runs it in for a touchdown.”
Bharara said he accepted the report’s conclusion that there was no collusion between the Russian government or its operatives and Trump or his election campaign team.
“On collusion, the case is closed,” he said. “On obstruction, we are sort of not done.”
The former US attorney for the Southern District of New York also warned that, while he was “pretty confident” that the full report would be given to Congress and ultimately made public, the process might take so long that the points in the summary submitted on Sunday by attorney general William Barr might be the main elements that lodge in the public’s consciousness.
“And there might be a big disconnect between the two,” he said.