If your first instinct today upon reading William Barr’s “summary” of the Mueller report is that it had to have been a misleading bunch of crap, and that the actual Mueller report must tell a very different story, it turns out you’re in good company. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just said the same thing.
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a three paragraph joint statement this evening. Here’s the most crucial sentence: “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay.”
Two more crucial sentences from Pelosi and Schumer: “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report … Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise.”
This means that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress are going to aggressively use the full powers available to them in order to get their hands on what’s really in Robert Mueller’s report. For months, dating back to their midterm election victory, House Democrats have been publicly talking about subpoenaing Mueller so he can publicly testify about what’s in his report. There is no reason to expect Mueller wouldn’t cooperate, and there would be no legal avenue for Trump or the DOJ to stop it from happening. You can read Pelosi’s entire statement here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report