Nadler: Mueller 'not exonerating' Trump in report

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday insisted that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE's report does not exonerate President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE after the attorney general released conclusions that Mueller had not found collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

Judiciary panel Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMaloney wins House Oversight gavel House Judiciary Committee approves landmark marijuana legalization bill Maloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman MORE (D-N.Y.) said Attorney General William Barr concluded after reading Mueller's findings that the president did not obstruct justice in the investigation of Russia's interference in the election, but that Mueller "clearly and explicitly" did not exonerate Trump.  

 

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"There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work," Nadler stated in a tweet.

Barr sent a letter to Congress on Sunday detailing the principal conclusions of Mueller's report, which focused on the allegation of collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia and of obstruction of justice.

Barr's letter said the investigation did not uncover evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election — something Trump and his supporters seized upon as vindication for the president. 

Nadler said that Barr was too quick to dismiss further action on the obstruction question.

"Special Counsel Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice," he tweeted Sunday. "Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ." 

Nadler said his committee would be calling on Barr to testify in front of it "in the near future."