AG Barr: Russian operatives didn’t have cooperation of Trump or his campaign
California’s leading politicians were quick to react on social media Thursday, after the U.S. Department of Justice released a heavily redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller’s report detailed his investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian government to manipulate the 2016 election; the report concluded Russia had interfered heavily in the election, but found that while Trump may have obstructed justice, there was no evidence of collusion with the Kremlin.
The president greeted the report’s release with a pair of tweets, a video with the headline “No Collusion - No Obstruction” and an altered image inspired by the HBO show “Game of Thrones.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, Trump’s chief ally in the House, also weighed in on Twitter, writing that “nothing we saw today changes the underlying results of the 22-month-long Mueller investigation that ultimately found no collusion.”
California’s Democratic elected officials disagreed.
Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, both of whom are running in the 2020 presidential primary election, criticized Attorney General William Barr, who delivered a press conference on Trump’s behalf ahead of his department’s release of the redacted memo.
“You can be the president’s defense attorney or America’s attorney general. But you can’t be both,” Swalwell tweeted, later tweeting that Barr should resign from his position.
“(Barr’s) press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda,” Harris wrote.
Barbara Boxer, whom Harris replaced in the U.S. Senate in 2016, also criticized Barr on Twitter, comparing the current attorney general to the attorney general who served under President Richard Nixon and who played a key role in the Watergate cover-up effort.
Harris called for the full, unredacted report to be made public and for Mueller to testify before Congress; that sentiment was shared by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.
Democrats might just get their wish. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, tweeted Thursday morning that he has invited Mueller to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs.
In the meantime, the Mueller report is available to read here, or at least most of it is. The Los Angeles Times sent out a tweet illustrating just how heavily redacted the document is.