Bill Maher Rips 'Attorney General Scissorhands' for Redacting Mueller Report Before Sending it to Congress

While President Donald Trump has claimed that the recently completed special counsel investigation completely exonerated him, comedian Bill Maher isn't so sure and mocked Attorney General William Barr for allowing the White House to redact the full report before sending it on to Congress.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his approximately 400-page report to Barr on March 22, and two days later Barr provided Congress with a four-page summary that quoted relatively little from the Mueller original and explained that the special counsel had left open the question of whether or not Trump had illegally obstructed the investigation. However, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded on their own that no criminal charges would be pursued.

Last week, Maher called the Barr summary and his apparent reluctance to provide the full report to lawmakers, a "high-tech coup." And on Friday's Real Talk, the host said he received grief for this stance — at least until subsequent reports claimed that the full contents of the Mueller investigation may be more damaging to the White House.

"Last week after the show, people were calling me, saying, 'Bill, you really kinda went apesh*t there, doubling down on 'Trump is a traitor' even after the Mueller report came out.'" said Maher during his opening monologue. "Well, apesh*t doesn't look that bad this week."

"Mueller's team started to leak this week, to say that the report was a lot worse than we thought," he continued, "and Attorney General Scissorhands didn't let us see the real deal. And he's still busy redacting... by the time we see this, it's gonna be covered in more black ink than the governor of Virginia in 1984."

The host sarcastically expressed a bit of hope that the attorney general might ultimately reveal the full contents of the Mueller report.

"It could be that Barr winds up doing what James Comey did at — remember the Hillary investigation? He comes out and says, 'Even though Hillary didn't do anything criminal, here's every little thing Hillary did wrong,'" expIained Maher. "I have a feeling Barr might do the same thing. He might come out and say, 'Even though what Trump did isn't criminal... Here's every little thing Hillary did wrong."

Earlier this week, both the New York Times and Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources, that Barr's summary of the Mueller investigation may not be an accurate representation of investigators' findings.

A person familiar with the probe told The Times that Mueller's office had never requested that Barr release the report so soon. Two officials with knowledge of Barr's thinking suggested that in writing his summary, Barr was cautious about deviating from a Justice Department practice to "not disclose derogatory details in closing an investigation," The Times reported.