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

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHistory in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Democrat grills DHS chief over viral image of drowned migrant and child Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp 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 MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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.