Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a blistering statement Sunday that Lawyer General William Barr is “not a neutral observer,” urging the full release of unique counsel Robert Mueller’s report after Barr penned a letter summarizing Mueller’s findings.
Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, D-N.Y., said Barr’s letter to Congress “raises as lots of questions as it answers.”
In their joint declaration, the leaders stated Barr’s past “predisposition” versus the special counsel’s inquiry revealed he was “not in a position to make objective decisions.”
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They added, “the fact that Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice shows how immediate it is that the full report and underlying documents be made public without any additional delay.”
Barr composed that Mueller did not develop evidence that President Trump’s group or any associates of the Trump project had conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 election– ” despite several offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump project.” He likewise wrote that on obstruction-of-justice claims, ” The Unique Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President devoted a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'”
Senate Minority Whip Penis Durbin, D-Ill., also launched a declaration dovetailing with top Democratic leadership: “Lawyer General Barr has the authority to make the full Mueller findings public with minimal redactions. He should do so as rapidly as possible. The ‘summary’ document he offered today produces more concerns than it responds to, particularly with regard to blockage of justice by the President.”
He included: “The American people– who for two years have actually waited patiently for the Mueller investigation to conclude– deserve the full fact in Special Counsel Mueller’s own words.”
The heads of 3 of your home’s most prominent committees also said the complete report on Russian election interference and Trump should be made public.
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Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.– the chairs respectively of your house Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight Committees– provided a joint declaration Sunday, noting: “We … call for Chief law officer Barr to come forward to affirm before your home Judiciary Committee without delay. Far from the ‘overall exoneration’ claimed by the President, the Mueller report expressly does not exonerate the President. Instead, it ‘sets out proof on both sides of the question’ of obstruction– including the evidence that President Trump tried to obstruct justice.”
They included: “These imperfections in today’s letter are the very factor our nation has a system of separation of powers. We can not simply rely on what may be a partisan analysis of facts uncovered during the course of a 22- month review of possible misdeed by the President. The American individuals deserve to see the realities and evaluate the President’s actions on their own.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.