House Dem: Barr and Trump administration 'gaming the system' on Mueller report

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyWe can curb potential pandemics by investing in prevention tactics Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? Dem leaders feel squeeze on Trump strategy MORE (D-Va.) said Monday that it appears Attorney General William Barr and the White House are "gaming the system" to make sure certain conclusions are reached publicly regarding special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE's report.

“One interpretation of what’s happening is that the attorney general, working hand in glove with the White House, is gaming the system to frame the narrative," Connolly, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said during an interview on MSNBC.


His remarks came one day after Barr said in a letter to lawmakers that Mueller, who was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, did not uncover evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller allegedly left open the question of whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE obstructed justice, though Barr has drawn the conclusion that there is no charge to be made there.

Conservatives and the White House have celebrated Barr's letter as evidence that Trump has been exonerated, though Democrats have noted that Mueller's full report has yet to be released.

Connolly added during his interview Monday that he doesn't think "White House talking points" reflect what "is probably in the Mueller report."

"Somehow collusion is completely exonerated. The report’s pretty dead. We need to move on. Those are all White House talking points. And they don’t reflect what I think is probably in the Mueller report. And they don’t reflect the concerns we have here on the Hill and those of the American people," he said.