The long-awaited final report on Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign team and the Kremlin was finally delivered on Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who promptly provided Congress with a summary of the “principal conclusions” reached by Mueller’s team.
But that’s not enough for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has demanded the release of the full report to the public in the name of transparency.
Pelosi demands full transparency
In a joint statement released Friday evening by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democrats said:
Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.
“Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public,” the duo further demanded.
They went on: “The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation. The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”
The Washington Examiner reported that Pelosi amped up her demand for transparency from Barr in a letter to fellow House Democrats on Saturday.
“We are insisting that any briefings to any committees be unclassified so that members can speak freely about every aspect of the report and not be confined to what [the Department of Justice] chooses to release publicly,” Pelosi wrote. “Even if DOJ chooses not to prosecute additional individuals, the underlying findings must be provided to Congress and the American people.
And that’s what Barr delivered in his letter summarizing the special counsel’s report. Still, ahead of the Sunday release of the letter, Pelosi called the move “insufficient.”
“The attorney general’s offer to provide the committees with a summary of the report’s conclusions is insufficient,” Pelosi said. “Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating the address any issues the Mueller report may raise.”
Pelosi reiterated these points in a conference call with caucus members on Saturday afternoon.
Of course, Speaker Pelosi has long told the American public to wait and see what Mueller comes up with — but now, it’s become apparent that Mueller’s findings will be “insufficient” for Democrats who are eager to take President Trump down.
What a shame.