Democrats are raising doubts and questions about William Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller‘s report.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said in a statement to PoliticusUSA, “Attorney General Barr needs to make the entire Special Counsel’s report public immediately. Congress should be able to review the evidence independent of the interpretation of Trump-appointed allies like the Attorney General. This is too important to our democracy to keep anything hidden from public view, especially when the future of our democracy is at stake.”
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer said in a statement to PoliticusUSA, “I will carefully review Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s report, but I will not be satisfied until the full report and all underlying evidence is made available. Americans deserve to know all the facts, which is why the report itself should be released – to the fullest extent of the law – in addition to the Attorney General’s summary. Congress must remain a bulwark of justice and the rule of law, and House Democrats will do our part to ensure that it performs its duties faithfully under our Constitution.”
Sen. Murphy also tweeted:
Maybe Barr’s interpretation is right. Maybe it’s not. But why the heck would we be ok with an ally of President, appointed because of his hostility to the Mueller investigation, tell us what the report says?
Give Congress the report. Give the public the report.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 24, 2019
Ex-acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal brought up some serious questions about Barr’s interpretation of Mueller’s report:
Ex-acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal: “I think this letter causes me much more concern, grave concerns.”
On Barr’s obstruction call: “How the heck does he determine that in 48 hours after a 2 year investigation, and particularly without even trying to interview Trump?”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2019
Democrats have good reason to doubt Barr’s interpretation of Mueller‘s report. Barr went beyond Mueller and cleared Trump of obstruction of justice. Mueller didn’t come to this conclusion. Trump‘s hand-picked attorney general did. The administration is clearly trying to white wash the Mueller report and spin it. Trump has not been exonerated by this report.
The country needs to see the full report and see what Mueller actually wrote, not what Trump‘s best boy at DOJ decided to think what Mueller wrote means.
Democrats aren’t buying what the White House is selling, and neither should you.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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