President Trump is claiming exoneration in the wake of the attorney general's summary of the Robert Mueller report. Democrats are saying not so fast. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, tweeted that he wants Attorney General William Barr to testify before his panel to resolve what Nadler views as "very concerning discrepancies and final decision-making at the Justice Department," reports the Hill. Nadler notes that Barr quoted Mueller as writing: "While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” With that the case, Nadler wants to know why Barr himself already has decided not to bring an obstruction-of-justice charge against the president. (In his letter, Barr said he had concluded the evidence was "not sufficient.") Related:
- Pelosi, Schumer: House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer also criticized Barr, reports the AP. The attorney general's "letter raises as many questions as it answers," they say in a joint statement. "The fact that Special Counsel Mueller's report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay. Given Mr. Barr's public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report."
- Lindsey Graham: The GOP senator offers an opposing view. "Good day for the rule of law," he says. "Great day for President Trump and his team. No collusion and no obstruction. The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report. Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down. Great job by Mr. Mueller and his team to thoroughly examine all things Russia."
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