Schumer, Pelosi Want Mueller to Testify

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Posted: Apr 18, 2019 8:05 AM
Schumer, Pelosi Want Mueller to Testify

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi are calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify “as soon as possible” over Attorney General William Barr’s “partisan handling” of the report on the Russia investigation.

“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," Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a joint statement.

"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 Democratic leaders continued. “The American people deserve to hear the truth.” 

Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller's report with key findings, including that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Barr will be giving a press conference Thursday morning ahead of the release of the full report. House Democrats have called on him to cancel, arguing it's "unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it."