House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are satisfied with the way things are panning out. They demanded the Justice Department release the entire Russia report Sunday. This was after the Attorney General William Barr bombshell letter that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared President Trump of cooperating with the Kremlin during 2016 election.
“Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers,” said Pelosi and Schumer in a joint statement. “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay.”
Barr’s four-page letter revealed that Mueller’s two-year-long investigation cleared Trump’s campaign of allegations it cooperated with Russians who meddled in the 2016 election, which included the hacking of Democratic party’s email server. Barr also wrote in his letter to Congress that he didn’t see enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. This position angered the nation’s two most powerful Democrats.
“Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.”
This stand taken by the top Democratic leadership in Washington was echoed by those in the crowded field of Democratic hopefuls running for president.
“I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report,” said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 front-runner.
His colleague from New England entered the conversation as well.
“Congress voted 420-0 to release the full Mueller report. Not a ‘summary’ from his handpicked Attorney General,” wrote Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “AG Barr, make the full report public. Immediately.”
New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand held the first rally of her 2020 bid outside of a Trump building on the Upper West Side. She said: “The Mueller report must be made public,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not just a letter from someone appointed by Trump to protect himself—all of it.”
Credit: NY Post