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

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDo Democrats really want unity? Rep. Cohen responds to Denver Post editorial on criticism of Boebert Denver Post editorial board defends Boebert against 'blatantly sexist and elitist attacks' MORE (D-Tenn.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a vocal proponent of impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE, on Wednesday slammed Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPoll finds 1 in 3 believe false claims voter fraud led to Biden win Trump pressed DOJ to go to Supreme Court in bid to overturn election: report Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE's and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE’s (R-Ky.) handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members 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.