Unsatisfied with the predictably vague and exculpatory summary that Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress regarding the contents of Special Counsel Mueller’s probe into the President, the House of Representatives has called the Trump appointee’s bluff.
This afternoon, six Democratic chairs representing the Judiciary, Oversight, Intelligence, Finance. Ways and Means, and Foreign Affairs committees issued a stern letter to the Department of Justice declaring Barr’s letter to be inadequate and gave the DOJ one week to release the full report “incomplete and unredacted form,” to Congress, with the implicit threat of subpoenas if they fail to comply.
“We look forward to receiving the report in full no later than April 2, and to begin receiving the underlying evidence and documents that same day.
To the extent that you believe applicable law limits your ability to comply, we urge you to begin the process of consultation with us immediately in order to establish shared parameters for resolving those issues without delay.” reads the letter.
Attorney General Barr sent shockwaves through the nation yesterday when he decided that none of the evidence contained within the Mueller Report was sufficient to charge the President with obstruction of justice and informed us that Robert Mueller “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated” with Russia.
But as many commentators and analysts have noted, the letter specifically says that the report did not “exonerate” President Trump, and Barr’s summary was filled with “weasel words” that go far in spinning the report to let Trump off the hook.
Obviously, the American people cannot be willing to accept the words of a Trump-appointed attorney general at face value; we need to see the evidence for ourselves. While Trump may be taking a victory lap, Congress is making it clear that he shouldn’t celebrate yet.