Democratic leaders have refuted Attorney General Barr’s conclusions and have demanded the release of the full report submitted by Mueller.
By Rakesh Raman
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said categorically that Mueller’s report does not exonerate Trump on the charge of obstruction of justice.
After almost 2 years of investigation, Mueller – who was leading a judicial team to assess the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – had released the report of his findings on Friday (March 22).
As Trump was accused of taking Russia’s help to win the presidential race fraudulently, he has been blaming rival Democrats and Mueller for starting the probe against him, often calling it a “witch hunt.”
As Trump had been insisting that he did not collude with Russia to win the election, the Mueller’s report has endorsed Trump’s claims. “No collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration,” Trump tweeted today.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
Earlier on Sunday Attorney General William P. Barr had submitted the summary of the report to the U.S. Congress with his own conclusion that there was no collusion and no obstruction of justice.
However, Democratic leaders have refuted Barr’s conclusions and have demanded the release of the full report submitted by Mueller.
“Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that special counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in their statement released Sunday.
“Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the special counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” said Pelosi and Schumer.
And most obviously, the Democrats’ statement adds, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.
“Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise. The American people have a right to know,” said Pelosi and Schumer in their statement.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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