House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy raised 0K after marathon speech Davis passes on bid for governor in Illinois, running for reelection to House Feehery: Why Democrats are now historically unpopular MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Lawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday called for the public release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's report, arguing that the attorney general's summary to Congress raised further questions.
"Attorney General [William] Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers," Pelosi and Schumer said 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."
Barr on Sunday delivered a letter to Congress summarizing the key findings of Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russia.
According to Barr's letter, Mueller found no conclusive evidence that Trump or his team conspired with the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. The letter also says Mueller made no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.
The findings were seen as vindication by Trump's allies, who argued that the report closed the chapter on the ongoing Trump-Russia saga for good. The president himself claimed Barr's letter was a "complete and total exoneration."
But Democrats were also quick to seize on some of the findings outlined in the letter. Though the letter said Mueller had not reached a conclusion regarding obstruction of justice, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE had decided there was not enough evidence to press obstruction of justice charges against Trump.
That decision led to immediate calls for the report to be made public.
Some Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump: McConnell must use debt limit to crush Biden agenda Building back a better vice presidency Stacey Abrams nominated to board of solar energy firm MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand, bipartisan lawmakers push to keep military justice overhaul in NDAA Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (N.Y.), pointed to it as a reason the Department of Justice should release the full report.
"The American public deserves the full report and findings from the Mueller investigation immediately — not just the in-house summary from a Trump Administration official," Booker tweeted.
Their statements provide a hint of the political battle to come as calls mount for more information regarding the report from the Department of Justice. Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that he supports the report being released publicly as well.
"We would all like it to happen because if it doesn’t happen, somebody is going to say there is something in there," Giuliani said on CNN.