Jerry Nadler Reveals Mueller Report Won’t Be Released Until After Barr Presser: ‘This is Wrong’
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is not at all happy at reports that the contents of the Mueller report may not be provided to members of Congress until after Attorney General William Barr‘s press conference on Thursday morning.
Prior to holding a press conference of his own in New York City on Wednesday, Nadler raised the issue on Twitter.
Noting that Barr had previously said that it doesn’t do the public a service for “me to attempt to summarize the full report,” Nadler commented: “I agree. So why is the AG holding a press conference tomorrow morning to go over the Mueller report?”
He next sounded off of on the fact Congress will not receive the report until hours after Barr holds his press conference.
“I’m deeply troubled by reports that the WH is being briefed on the Mueller report AHEAD of its release,” Nadler wrote. “Now, DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference. This is wrong.”
Then, speaking during the press conference, Nadler said this:
The attorney general appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump. The very subject of the investigation at the heart of the Mueller report. Rather than letting the facts of the report speak for themselves, the attorney general has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation. One, he summarized the report and cherry-picked findings in his March 24th letter to Congress. Two, he withheld summaries written by the special counsel that were intended for public consumption. Three, he has briefed the White House on the report before providing Congress a copy, which has helped them prepare a rebuttal response for the president. And now the evening before the report’s scheduled release, the Department of Justice has informed the committee that it will receive a copy between 11:00 A.M. and noon, well after the attorney general’s 9:30 A.M. press conference. This is wrong.
Barr’s press conference is currently set for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline reported Wednesday night the report will be provided 90 minutes after the start.
“Amazing what they’re trying to get away with – we won’t let them!” Cicilline tweeted out.
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