Pelosi and Schumer Urge Mueller to Testify Publicly

“The American people deserve to hear the truth.”

Tom Williams/CQ/ZUMA

In a joint statement Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called on special counsel Robert Mueller to publicly testify before Congress, citing what they called Attorney General William Barr’s “regrettably partisan handling” of Mueller’s report about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.

The statement came on the heels of Barr’s announcement late Wednesday that he would hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday—about an hour before the redacted report is to be released to members of Congress and the public—to publicly discuss its conclusions. The Democratic leaders slammed Barr’s plan as an effort to control the report’s narrative on behalf of President Donald Trump and urged Mueller to appear before Congress.

“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. “The American people deserve to hear the truth.”

Barr’s decision to hold a press conference right before the report’s release has infuriated Democrats. Adding to lawmakers’ frustrations, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Justice Department has already had several conversations with White House staffers about the report’s conclusions. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, speaking to reporters shortly after Barr revealed his plans for a press conference, accused the attorney general of “waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump.” 

“Attorney General Barr is not allowing the facts of the Mueller report to speak for themselves,” Nadler charged, “but is trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the benefit of the White House.”

$500,000 MATCHING GIFT

In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones: A special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of the huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.