Several Democratic members of Congress are preemptively pushing back on Attorney General William Barr's handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report.
Barr could reportedly announce the completion of Mueller's probe "as early as next week," bringing the investigation into whether President Trump's campaign was involved with Russian election interference to a close. But he will reportedly withhold the majority of the findings, and will instead only provide Congress with a summary.
House Democrats have already launched an effort to combat that. Appearing on CNN, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) said that “the full report needs to be available — not just to Congress — but the American public." He added that Congress will need to hold its own public hearings based on the report.
Democratic Rep. John Garamendi reacts to the news that the Justice Department is preparing for a Mueller report as early as next week: “The full report needs to be available — not just to Congress — but the American public. This issue has totally consumed America” pic.twitter.com/IhSdNGwoDq
President Trump himself weighed in on the matter, insisting that the timing and manner of the report's release "will be totally up to the Attorney General."
The timing of the announcement has also stirred a reaction, with some speculating that Barr (who has criticized the Mueller investigation in the past) might be shutting the special counsel's office down prematurely. Tim O'Donnell
Boy, sure is convenient how Mueller just happened to be wrapping it up right after he indicted one of Trump's closest political confidantes, and days after Trump's new unrecused AG who had been publicly critical of the investigation was confirmed.... https://t.co/NPJSMGjw5y