Democratic leaders said Thursday that the just-released report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller undercuts claims by Attorney General William Barr that President Trump didn’t obstruct justice.
The nearly 400-page redacted report was released to Congress and then to the public Thursday, nearly four weeks after Barr released his own summary of the contents.
Mueller had been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Barr’s March 24 summary was championed by Trump and Republicans as clearing the president.
“The differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel Mueller said on obstruction,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, said in a joint statement. “As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: Attorney General Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller’s report appears to undercut that finding.”
Barr, speaking to reporters, stood by his earlier summary.
“As I addressed in my March 24 letter, the special counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation,” Barr said. “Instead, the report recounts 10 episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.
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