Chairs of 5 House committee call on Barr to cancel news conference

Chairs of 5 House committee call on Barr to cancel news conference

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler oversees a House Judiciary Committee hearing in February. (Judiciary.house.gov)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

CAPITOL HILL – All eyes are on the Mueller report today as Attorney General William Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, schedule a news conference this morning at 9:30 EDT to offer spin on the release to Congress of a redacted version of the report between 11 a.m. and noon EDT.

The report will be posted for the public this afternoon.

Although Congress is out of town during their spring recess, lawmakers are responding vigorously to the Justice Department’s impending release. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) issues a statement outlining his concerns:

(Audio: Nadler complains that Barr is doing a press conference prior to the release of the report)

Additionally, the chairs of five House committees — Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) of Judiciary, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) at Intelligence, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) of Oversight, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) of Financial Services, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) of Foreign Affairs — issue a statement asking why the DoJ “aided the President’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report.’” It continues, “There is no legitimate reason for the Department to brief the White House prior to providing Congress a copy of the report.”

The letter concludes saying that Barr’s press conference “is unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it,” and they demand that Barr “should cancel the press conference and provide the full report to Congress, as we have requested.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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