Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort'

Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) blasted Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE’s Thursday morning press conference ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s findings, calling it a “staggering partisan effort.”

“AG Barr has confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump Admin to spin public’s view of the #MuellerReport – complete with acknowledgment that the Trump team received a sneak preview. It’s more urgent than ever that Special Counsel Mueller testify before Congress,” Pelosi tweeted, linking to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE’s (D-N.Y.) letter calling on Mueller to testify about his findings.




The New York Times reported Wednesday evening that the Justice Department has had “numerous conversations” about the content of the Mueller report with the White House before it was released later on Thursday morning.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) also responded to the press conference, calling it a "campaign press conference" for Trump.



Several other members of Democratic congressional leadership castigated Barr over the press conference, in which he defended the president and explained his reasoning for not pursuing an obstruction of justice case against Trump.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (D-Md.) responded to the Wednesday night announcement of the press conference.

“This is outrageous. The AG is supposed to be an independent beacon of truth and justice,” Cummings tweeted Wednesday. “Instead, Barr is debasing the rule of law, degrading our democratic institutions, and decimating any trust the American people have left in this Administration.”