Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are warning Attorney General William Barr to immediately make special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report public without first giving President Trump a special “sneak preview.”
“Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement shortly after Mueller delivered his report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to Barr.
“Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public,” they said.
The White House said in a statement that President Trump had not been briefed on Mueller’s final report.
Barr told the House and Senate Judiciary Committees he is reviewing the report and will have additional information for lawmakers as soon as this weekend.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”