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

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenPelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' The Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment MORE (D-Tenn.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a vocal proponent of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE, on Wednesday slammed Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Justin Amash confirms collusion witch hunt was all about politics MORE's and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE’s (R-Ky.) handling of 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.

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 RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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.