Democratic House committee chairs are demanding that Attorney General William Barr cancel his “inappropriate” press conference Thursday morning ahead of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, warning the American public that Barr appears to be “acting to protect President Trump.”
“The Department of Justice announced today that the Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow morning before Congress has even seen Special Counsel Mueller’s report,” the chairs said in a statement.
“This press conference, which apparently will not include Special Counsel Mueller, is unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it.
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) April 18, 2019
The statement was signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (Md.), Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (N.Y.).
Barr announced on Wednesday that he will be holding a press conference with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday morning to discuss Mueller’s findings from his investigation into Russian election interference and President Trump.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Barr of trying to protect President Trump and “bake in the narrative to the benefit of the White House” by holding a news conference about the special counsel’s report hours before Nadler says the report will be made public.
“The attorney general appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump — the very subject of investigation at the heart of the Mueller report — rather than letting the facts speak for themselves, the attorney general has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation,” Nadler said at a hastily assembled news conference on Wednesday night.