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Nadler, Democrats Slam DOJ Plan for Mueller Report Release

Nadler, Democrats Slam DOJ Plan for Mueller Report Release
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (AP)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:57 PM

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said on Wednesday he has been told by the Justice Department that Congress will not receive Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report until after Attorney General William Barr's 9:30 a.m. EDT news conference on Thursday.

The Justice Department plans to release a redacted report on the special counsel's Russia investigation one or two hours after a Thursday morning news conference by Attorney General William Barr, a DOJ spokesman confirmed.

That's raising the ire of Democrats. Many said Wednesday night that they are concerned that Barr will try to color the findings before the public has a chance to read the report.

"DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference. This is wrong," Nadler said in a tweet.

Barr will hold the news conference accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation after Mueller's appointment in May 2017. But Mueller and other members of his team will not attend, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said.

The news conference, which was first announced by Trump during a radio interview, provoked immediate criticism from congressional Democrats because Barr will present his interpretation of the report before Congress or the public see it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr had "thrown out his credibility & the DOJ's independence with his single-minded effort to protect" Trump. And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "The process is poisoned before the report is even released."

"Barr shouldn't be spinning the report at all, but it's doubly outrageous he's doing it before America is given a chance to read it," Schumer said.

“This is outrageous. The AG is supposed to be an independent beacon of truth and justice,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the chair of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted in response to the report of the rollout plan.

“Instead, Barr is debasing the rule of law, degrading our democratic institutions, and decimating any trust the American people have left in this Administration.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also blasted the Times report, along with DOJ’s decision to not hand over the report to Congress until after Barr holds a press conference on Thursday morning.

"This is not justice. This is PR," Schiff tweeted.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said on Wednesday he has been told by the Justice Department that Congress will not receive Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report until after Attorney General William Barr's 9:30 a.m. EDT news conference on...
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