Pelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe

House Democratic leaders have scheduled a Saturday afternoon conference call with the full caucus to discuss the party's early strategy following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's marathon investigation into Russia's election interference.
 
Beyond Pelosi and Jeffries, four other lawmakers will speak on the call, an aide said. Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler wants 'the boss of everybody' Stephen Miller to testify before Congress Giuliani slams Nadler for 'diarrhea of the mouth,' 'lack of judiciousness' Grand jury material becomes key battle-line in Mueller report fight MORE (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings Congress won't get Mueller report until after Barr press conference MORE (D-Calif.), who heads the Intelligence Committee, both have jurisdiction and are likely to speak.
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A small but restive group of Democrats has been clamoring for the party to use its newly won House majority to launch impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE — a process Pelosi and her leadership team have firmly rejected, citing the need to build bipartisan support and to see the results of Mueller's report.
 
Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.) on Saturday warned that House Democrats must use their oversight power in a "focused and responsible way" as they push forward with investigations heading into the 2020 elections, cautioning that the party should not "overdo it."
 
"We have to be careful to use the resources and the abilities of the House majority in a focused and a responsible way," Coons said on CNN. "We need to focus on things that are relevant and matter to the average American."
 
Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department on Friday, nearly two years after he was tapped to lead an independent probe into Moscow's efforts to influence the 2016 elections and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
 
Attorney General William Barr, in a letter to Congress on Friday evening, said he "may be in a position" to brief lawmakers on Mueller's "principal conclusions" as early as this weekend. 
 
"I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review," he wrote. 
 
The news that Mueller had submitted the long-anticipated report rippled quickly across Capitol Hill and beyond, with members from both parties issuing a blizzard of statements calling for the full report to be made public. 
 
Barr has not committed to doing so, saying during his confirmation hearing before the Senate in January that he would disclose "as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations." He left open the possibility that he may keep parts of the report undisclosed under claims of executive privilege. 
 
The contents of the report remain unknown, although Mueller is not recommending any more indictments as part of his investigation, a Justice Department official said late Friday.
 
Republicans are viewing that news as vindication that Trump had committed no wrongdoing related to Russia's efforts to interfere in the election to help him win.
 
Apart from the Mueller probe, Democrats have launched a series of wide-ranging investigations of their own into Trump's actions, including his relationships with Russian officials and business figures. 
 
Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer slams Justice Dept over 'pre-damage control' on Mueller report Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders welcomes fight with Trump over 'Medicare for all' | DOJ attorney in ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | Ohio gov signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill Dems see room for Abrams in crowded presidential field MORE (D-N.Y.), issued a statement Friday evening pressing Barr to disclose the full report, including its "underlying documentation," while warning against allowing Trump and other White House officials to influence which parts of the report are made public. 
 
"The American people have a right to the truth," they said.