Dem lawmaker on Barr summary of Mueller report: 'Whole thing has been a charade'

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenHobbled NRA shows strength with Trump House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony MORE (D-Tenn.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a vocal proponent of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE, on Wednesday slammed Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision MORE's and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE’s (R-Ky.) handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s report.

Cohen expressed frustration that Barr submitted a summary report to Congress rather than Mueller’s full conclusions on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether President Trump obstructed of justice, and slammed McConnell after the Senate leader blocked for the second time this week a resolution calling for Mueller’s report to be made public.

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“I think this whole thing has been a charade. Bill Barr was appointed to give this type of ‘analysis’ of the Mueller report, and it really discredits and it is an undoing of what Bob Mueller spent 22 months doing, and for him to sum it up in a three-page report,” Cohen said on CNN Wednesday. 

“If there’s nothing in the report that will make people think there was obstruction of justice and or conspiracy with some members of the Trump administration, it should be allowed to be public to see it. The fact that they don’t want the public to see it makes you think they know this was all a whitewash and a charade.” 

Barr said in his report to Congress that Mueller cleared Trump and his campaign of any claims that they colluded with Russia in 2016, but stopped short of determining whether the president obstructed the subsequent investigation, instead deciding to not take a position on the issue. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE said they would not pursue charges over obstructive behavior after reviewing Mueller’s evidence.

“I don’t know that Mueller intended or thought that Bill Barr would interfere and jump into the breach and give his analysis rather than allowing it to go to Congress, who would make the analysis,” Cohen said.

Barr and Rosenstein’s conclusion infuriated Democrats, some of whom suggested that it should not be up to two Trump-nominated officials to make such a conclusion about the president. 

Six House committee chairmen and chairwomen sent a letter to Barr Monday demanding he provide Congress with Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence.

"Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform this critical work. The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution," they wrote.