Shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on the Russian collusion probe landed with no call for new indictments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer lashed out with a joint statement.
Perturbed that the nearly two-year investigation into alleged criminal activity by President Trump’s 2016 campaign has seemingly ended with a whimper, Pelosi and Schumer demanded that the confidential report be released to the public.
“It is imperative for (Attorney General William) Barr to make the full report public and provide it’s underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” the statement read.
Pelosi and Schumer’s response took on a scolding tone as they warned Barr not to give Trump a “sneak preview” of the report or allow him to interfere in the process.
Meanwhile, far from hindering the report, Trump has been calling Democrats’ bluff by openly advocating for the report’s release, confident it contains no evidence of wrongdoing.
The statement concluded with a call for “transparency.” But critics may well read this word as a euphemism for “witch hunt,” as a growing number of Americans have come to view the investigation as politically motivated.
Read the full statement here.