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Democratic senator on Barr’s answers: “That’s masterful hairsplitting”

Democratic senator on Barr’s answers: “That’s masterful hairsplitting”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said Attorney General William Barr was practicing “masterful hairsplitting” when he answered questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s letter.
Whitehouse: “You knew that the Mueller letter was going to become public and that was probably yesterday?
Barr: “I think so.”
Whitehouse: “OK. When did you decide to make that letter available to us in Congress?”
Barr: “This morning.”
Whitehouse: “Would you concede you had an opportunity to make this letter public on April 4, when representative [Charlie] Crist asked you a very related question?”
Barr: “I don’t know what you mean by related question. To me it seemed to be a very different question.”
Whitehouse: “I can’t even follow that down the road. That’s masterful hairsplitting.”