House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress at the soonest possible time, thanks to what they’re referring to as “partisan” handling of his report by Attorney General William Barr, The Hill reported.
The pair were highly critical of Barr for the four-page report which summarized the primary findings in the report, without allowing lawmakers access to the full report. Barr and his team, in conjunction with some of the special counsel’s team, have been working to redact the full report. However, congressional Democrats seem suspicious that their efforts might be in support of President Donald Trump, and not just to hold back privileged information.
“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote, according to The Hill.
“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” they added.
Along with their frustration with the Mueller report, Barr further alienated himself from Democrats during a testimony before Congress when he voiced his concern over, and subsequent desire to investigate, whether the president’s 2016 presidential campaign was spied on by the FBI.
The newly installed Attorney General said that he intended to investigate the possibility, and said he felt that it was likely there was at least some wrongdoing on the part of the Justice Department, under the Obama administration.