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Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report

Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday tore into Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE, accusing him of “waging a media campaign on behalf of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE” ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s report.

Flanked by other Democratic members of the Judiciary committee, Nadler took aim at Barr over his decision to not hand the report over to Congress until after the attorney general holds a press conference on the topic. Nadler was also critical of Barr following a New York Times report that the Justice Department has briefed the White House on Mueller’s findings.

“Rather than letting the facts of the report speak for themselves, the attorney general has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller’s nearly 2 year investigation,” Nadler said.

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He claimed that those moves, as well as Barr’s brief letter to Congress in March summarizing Mueller’s core conclusions, are allowing the attorney general to “put his own spin” on the special counsel’s findings.

“The fact that the attorney general is not releasing even the redacted report to Congress until after his press conference will again result in the report being presented through his own words, rather than the words of special counsel Mueller,” Nadler said.

Nadler has repeatedly hit Barr over his handling of the Mueller report, demanding that DOJ present the entire report and underlying documents to Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to authorize a subpoena for the full report. And on Wednesday, Nadler threatened to use it.

The chairman said that if the report, set for release Thursday, is “heavily redacted,” the committee “will certainly issue the subpoenas in very short order.”

The Washington Post reported Wednesday, moments after Nadler’s press conference, that sources told the newspaper that Mueller’s report will be lightly redacted and offer a clear look at evidence of obstruction of justice as committed by Trump. In his summary to Congress, Barr said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice in his investigation.

On Wednesday, Nadler also repeated his past statement that he would like Mueller to testify before the committee, adding that lawmakers may also request testimony from members of the special counsel’s team.

Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to discuss the report’s release. The report is expected to be delivered to Congress at 11 a.m.