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Schumer: White House must not be allowed to 'interfere' on Mueller report
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday called for the White House to stay out of the Justice Department's decisionmaking process over how much of special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report should be made public.
"The White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence should be made public," Schumer told reporters at a press conference in New York shortly after news emerged that Mueller had submitted his report to the Justice Department.
Schumer said "it's imperative" for Attorney General William Barr "to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress," noting that President Trump said earlier this week that the public should be allowed to see the report.
"The president himself has called without qualification for the report to be made public. There is no reason on God's green earth why Attorney General Barr should do any less," Schumer said.
Schumer's short statement in front of cameras matched the joint statement he issued earlier in the afternoon with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) calling on Barr not to provide any "sneak preview" of the report to Trump, his lawyers or his staff.
Asked to react to reports that Mueller will not come out with any additional indictments as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Schumer responded, "I think we should wait for the full report to be made public before jumping to any conclusions."
Schumer predicted public pressure will be too great to keep the report's contents secret.
"I think the demand of the public is overwhelming to see the report when it's such a serious matter and it will be made public. Public pressure will force it to be," he said.
Schumer argued the report's underlying documentation is as important as its conclusions.
"I'm not going to draw any conclusions until we see not only the whole report but the underlying findings and documentation," he said.