Attorney General William Barr was "disingenuous and misleading" when he said special counsel Robert Mueller's report cleared President Donald Trump of wrongdoing and ignored what was in the report itself, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Thursday, adding Congress must have the opportunity to see the full unredacted report and its supporting evidence.
"It is clear that special counsel's office conducted an incredibly thorough investigation and the special counsel made clear he did not exonerate the president, and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his action," Rep. Nadler said in a press conference.
Earlier on Thursday, just after Barr presented his outline of Mueller's report, Nadler said he had sent Mueller a letter requesting his testimony before his committee by May 23. Thursday afternoon, he said that testimony is vital, as Barr's summary on the report differed from the findings themselves.
"It's no longer surprising" Barr decided to withhold the full report from Congress, Nadler said, as he has also refused to provide the documentation that has been requested through his committee.
"We clearly can't believe what Attorney General Barr tells us," Nadler said. "Congress must bet the full unredacted along with the evidence by counsel Mueller. Congress requires this material to perform our constitutionally mandated responsibilities."
Meanwhile, Nadler said he does think Mueller wrote the report as a "roadmap" for its continued investigation, but Barr is trying to frustrate that intent through redactions and other actions.
He also said it is still "too soon" to be discussing possible impeachment proceedings against Trump.
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