March 24, 2019

Whitehouse Statement on Attorney General Barr’s Letter to Congress

Providence, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Attorney General Barr’s letter to Congress regarding the Special Counsel’s report:

“We knew from his confirmation hearing that Attorney General Barr would never conclude the president obstructed justice, which is why it is critical for Congress to see the full Mueller report and the evidence behind it.  As the attorney general writes, Special Counsel Mueller issued thousands of subpoenas, interviewed scores of witnesses, executed hundreds of search warrants, and collected massive quantities of documentation.  As to obstruction, the Special Counsel did not exonerate the President, and left the decision whether to charge an offense to the Attorney General, a decision which he appears to have made with astonishing speed.  The American people and their elected representatives need to review that information so they can decide whether the President acted appropriately, and how best to protect our democracy from the sweeping assault on our elections the Kremlin executed in 2016.  This is not the time for a cover-up.”


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