Democratic presidential hopefuls quickly denounced Attorney General William Barr Thursday morning and renewed calls for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Barr said at a press conference ahead of the release of a redacted report that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives. Barr did say the report detailed 10 episodes involving Trump that could point to obstruction of justice, but Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined no crime occurred.
Lawmakers running for the White House who sit on relevant congressional committees were among the first to weigh in following Barr’s press conference.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the entire report should be released. Klobuchar also called on Mueller to testify in front of the committee.
California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, also tweeted an eyeroll emoji during the press conference and knocked Barr for defending Trump.
Here’s what the candidates are saying so far:
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a statement:
“Attorney General Barr’s preemptive press conference today was a complete farce and an embarrassing display of propaganda on behalf of President Trump. Attorney General Barr works for the American people, not the president of the United States. Congress must get the full, unredacted Mueller report, and the American people deserve to know its full findings because nobody, especially not the president of the United States, is immune from accountability.”
The American people deserve the truth.
The Attorney General should be the nation’s top law enforcement officer – not a spokesman for the president. This press conference was a disgrace.
We want to hear from Director Mueller himself. pic.twitter.com/O1DYnsAKlm
“No one is above the rule of law…unless you’re frustrated, that is. … If Barr believed in the rule of law, he’d let the report speak for itself, not hold a news conference to spin it on the President’s behalf.”