Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) slammed Attorney General William Barr for his “partisan” response to the Mueller report and called on the Special Counsel to testify before Congress.
In a joint statement released early this morning, the congressional leaders said:
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. 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. The American people deserve to hear the truth.”
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was furious after learning of a New York Times report that the Department of Justice briefed White House lawyers on the Mueller report just before its Thursday release to the public.
Apparently, that now amounts to “collusion.”
On yesterday’s MTP Daily, Todd’s guest, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele cited the Times report and said, “…the only collusion here is colluding on what they’re going to say.”
Todd interjected, “This is actual collusion!”
He continued, “By the way, in case you’re wondering what collusion looks like, it looks like the Attorney General briefing – the Attorney General’s lawyers briefing the President before Congress or the public.”
Attorney General Barr confirmed today during his press conference that DOJ allowed the White House to review the redacted version of the report prior to its release, explaining that the President could have exerted executive privilege over the report, but chose not to. MORE