Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort'

Pelosi: Barr press briefing a 'staggering partisan effort'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) blasted Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump sides with religious leaders in fight against governors Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans MORE’s Thursday morning press conference ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE’s (D-N.Y.) letter calling on Mueller to testify about his findings.

 

 

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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 CummingsThe Postal Service collapse that isn't happening House Democrat reintroduces bill to reduce lobbyist influence The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid 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.”