Top Democrats in the House and Senate are fuming after President Trump was found out to be innocent amid allegations of colluding with Russian entities to win the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s vindication came in the form of Attorney General William Barr deciding to publicly release a 400-page final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 2-year investigation.
In the report, Mueller concludes not one American colluded with Russians, including Trump, members of his administration, and his campaign associates.
Now, Democrats are out for blood and want Barr to resign.
The Washington Examiner reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., laid out their case Thursday against Attorney General William Barr over his handling of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“What we’ve learned today is that Attorney General Barr deliberately distorted significant portions of Special Counsel Mueller’s report,” they said in a joint statement. “Special Counsel Mueller’s report paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behavior and acting as if the law doesn’t apply to him. But if you hadn’t read the report and listened only to Mr. Barr, you wouldn’t have known any of that because Mr. Barr has been so misleading.”
Pelosi and Schumer then list four “significant” ways Barr obfuscated the truth about Mueller’s findings from his federal Russia investigation, including the weight the special counsel attributed the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel opinion on whether a sitting president can be indicted or criminally prosecuted in deciding not to reach a conclusion regarding President Trump potentially obstructing justice. The pair also enumerated how Barr contradicted the report in his claims that Trump did not obstruct justice and that the president cooperated with the inquiry, while omitting that Trump campaign officials were aware of Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Pelosi and Schumer also want Mueller to testify as soon as possible before Congress.
They said, via the Washington Examiner: “For these reasons, it is imperative that the rest of the report and the underlying documents be made available to Congress and that Special Counsel Mueller testifies before both chambers as soon as possible,” Pelosi and Schumer said.
The Democrat Party leaders were not the only ones looking for vengeance against the attorney general who revealed that Mueller cleared Trump of collusion.
Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell also made disparaging comments about Barr, calling him an “embedded Trump ally.”
“He came to this job already biased. Today, he made a show of allegiance to the President over the American people by declaring ‘no collusion’ and excusing the President on the basis of his emotional state,” Swalwell contended via the Washington Examiner. “He has proved that he’s an embedded Trump ally who puts this President’s political future above of the rule of law. That makes him unfit to serve. He must resign.”
The Washington Examiner also reports Democrat Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is pushing back on the Mueller report and said Barr “did a grave disservice to the country.”
“Whether these acts are criminal or not, whether the obstruction of justice was criminal or not, or whether these contacts were sufficiently eliciting or not to rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy, they are unquestionably dishonest, unethical, immoral and unpatriotic and should be condemned by every American,” Schiff said via the report. “That is not the subject of vindication. That is the subject of condemnation. And that is how I think we should view the Mueller report.”
“Well, it’s certainly not game over in the sense that there’s a lot more we need to know that’s redacted in this report,” he added.
“The attorney general did a grave disservice to the country by misrepresenting significant parts of the Mueller report by attempting to put a positive spin for the president on the special counsel’s findings,” the California congressman continued. “The attorney general is not the president’s personal lawyer, although he may feel he is. He is supposed to be the highest law enforcement officer in the land, and he is supposed to represent the interests of the American people.”
Despite their quarrels with Barr and President Trump, Democrats will soon have to come to grips with the fact Trump was cleared after nearly two years of a special counsel investigation by Mueller—the man they hyped up to be their champion.