Attorney General William Barr was attacked by the Democrats in Congress on Wednesday just before the Justice Department’s projected release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Barr will hold a 9:30 a.m. news conference Thursday along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller investigation that began in May of 2017. Neither Mueller nor other members of his team will attend, according to special counsel spokesman Peter Carr. Democrats lashed out at the timing of the news conference, because Barr would get to present his interpretation of the Mueller report before Congress and the public see it.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. said at a news conference Wednesday evening that the panel was expected to receive a copy of the report between 11 a.m. and noon, “well after the attorney general’s 9:30 a.m. press conference. This is wrong.”
“The attorney general appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump, the very subject of the investigation at the heart of the Mueller report,” Nadler told reporters. “Rather than letting the facts of the report speak for themselves, the attorney general has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.”
Another member of the Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Hakeem Jeffries, accused Barr — whom Jeffries called the “so-called Attorney General” of “presiding over a dog and pony show.
”Here is a thought,” Jeffries added. “Release the Mueller report tomorrow morning and keep your mouth shut. You have ZERO credibility.”
So-called Attorney General is presiding over a dog and pony show.
Here is a thought.
Release the Mueller report tomorrow morning and keep your mouth shut.
You have ZERO credibility.https://t.co/fKFeexUKkX
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) April 17, 2019
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted that Barr “has thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else. The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin.”
AG Barr has thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else. The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin. https://t.co/fgXwiLuQfr
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 17, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “The process is poisoned before the report is even released.”
“Barr shouldn’t be spinning the report at all, but it’s doubly outrageous he’s doing it before America is given a chance to read it,” Schumer added.
Late Wednesday, Nadler as well as four other Democratic committee chairs released a joint statement calling on Barr to cancel the Thursday morning news conference, calling it “unnecessary and inappropriate.”
“He [Barr] should let the full report speak for itself, read the statement from Nadler, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. “The Attorney General should cancel the press conference and provide the full report to Congress, as we have requested. With the Special Counsel’s fact-gathering work concluded, it is now Congress’ responsibility to assess the findings and evidence and proceed accordingly.”
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