Former DOJ Official: Pelosi Demanding Full Mueller Report Right Away Is 'Publicity Stunt'
During her weekly press conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Attorney General William Barr's four-page letter on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as “condescending” and demanded to see the entire report.
Barr’s letter on the special counsel’s report said that Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but the report did not make a determination on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in the Russia probe.
“No thank you, Mr. Attorney General,” Pelosi said. “We do not need your interpretation.”
Pelosi called Barr's decision to write the letter "arrogant." Congress, she said, doesn't need him "to be our interpreter of something that he should just show us."
"The sooner they can give us the information, the sooner we can all make a judgment about it," she said.
On "America's Newsroom" Friday, former deputy assistant attorney general and University of California, Berkeley law professor John Yoo said this demand is a "publicity stunt" by the House Speaker.
"But there's something worse behind it, which is: Are we really willing to sacrifice the long-term, longtime rights of criminal suspects and witnesses who've long cooperated with law enforcement because of the secrecy provided by a grand jury?" Yoo said.
He explained that Barr and his staff are going through the Mueller report and redacting names and classified information before they release the full document.
"Mr. Barr and the president have already said they intend to release as much of the report as they legally can," Yoo said. "So I don't see why Nancy Pelosi or other members on the Hill need to get the report two weeks faster and in exchange sacrifice the law."