Sens. Warren and Blumenthal Say They Don’t ‘Trust’ Barr’s Summary of Mueller Report
Senate Democrats came out hard against Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, which had announced that President Donald Trump had been vindicated from charges of Russian collusion. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said they were not satisfied with Barr’s summary because they didn’t trust him.
Asked by The Late Show comedian Stephen Colbert whether she trusts Barr’s judgement on the report, the Massachusetts senator said “no.”
“And you shouldn’t have to ask me if I trust it,” Warren said, as the Monday evening audience cheered. “We should see the whole report. When we see the whole report, we’ll know what the basis is for the decision, period.”
Blumenthal had a similar reaction when speaking to CNN’s John Berman Tuesday morning, urging Mueller to comment publicly on the report himself, in front of Congress.
“I deeply respect and trust his judgment. I do not deeply respect and trust the Barr summary, which was designed to frame the message before the information was available and he succeeded in creating headlines,” said Blumenthal. He added that “even if there are no criminal charges” stemming from the report, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t any Russian collusion or obstruction of justice.
Barr was also rather biased on the matter, said Blumenthal, as he was asked to recuse himself from the investigation for being a Trump appointee.
“The issue here, John, is not just whether there was complicity that rose to a criminal level,” he said. “It is about obstruction of justice, no exoneration there, and the judgment by William Barr may have been completely improper. He indicated at the outset that he felt the President of the United States could never commit the crime of obstruction of justice.”
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