Dem Leaders To Barr: Your Mueller Summary ‘Raises As Many Questions As It Answers’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R) speaks, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) listens, during an event to announce net neutrality protections legislation in the Rayburn Room of the US Capitol in Washington, DC o... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R) speaks, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) listens, during an event to announce net neutrality protections legislation in the Rayburn Room of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on March 6, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 24, 2019 6:03 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that Attorney General William Barr’s summary for Congress of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report “raises as many questions as it answers” and demonstrated that Mueller’s report ought to be provided in full to lawmakers.

“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,” Schumer and Pelosi wrote, noting that Mueller asserted his investigation did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice allegations.

(Mueller left the decision on obstruction charges Trump to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who decided against them.)

Trump’s claim of complete “exoneration,” the Democrats wrote, ” is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.”

“The American people have a right to know,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote, calling for Congress to be provided the full Mueller report “and underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise.”

Read Pelosi and Schumer’s letter below:

“Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers.  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.  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.

“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.

“Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise.  The American people have a right to know.”

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