Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push The Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) blasted Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE’s Thursday morning press conference ahead of the release 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 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 NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director 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 CummingsMerrick Garland, denied Supreme Court spot, on court set to consider Trump subpoena appeal  Lawmakers celebrate 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote More Dems press Pelosi on impeachment proceedings: reports 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.”