House Democrat Committee Chairs Urge Attorney General William Barr to Cancel Press Conference on Mueller Report

Chairpersons of top House committees banded together to issue a statement Wednesday night demanding Attorney General William Barr cancel his Thursday press conference before the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

A four-age summary of the report was released last month by Barr, who said there was no collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia. Since then, Democrats have demanded to see the entire report.

Now that a redacted version of the report is set to be released, House Democrat committee chairs demanded the 9:30 a.m. ET press conference not go on as scheduled, according to The Hill.

“The Department of Justice announced today that the Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow morning before Congress has even seen Special Counsel Mueller's report," they said. "This press conference, which apparently will not include Special Counsel Mueller, is unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it.”

The statement was signed by the Democratic chairpersons Jerrold Nadler (House Judiciary), Adam Schiff (House Intelligence), Elijah Cummings (House Reform), Maxine Waters (House Financial Services) and Eliot Engel (House Foreign Affairs).

Barr is scheduled to hold the press conference alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Democrats have said the report should be read by lawmakers before it becomes public. The Democratic group also mentioned a New York Times report that indicated officials from the Justice Department had already met with attorneys for the White House, calling it a coverup to the public, according to The Hill.

"There is no legitimate reason for the Department [of Justice] to brief the White House prior to providing Congress a copy of the report," the chairmen said.

"These new actions by the Attorney General reinforce our concern that he is acting to protect President Trump. The Attorney General previously stated, 'I do not believe it would be in the public's interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion.' We agree," the statement continued.

"He should let the full report speak for itself," the chairpersons said. "The Attorney General should cancel the press conference and provide the full report to Congress, as we have requested. With the Special Counsel's fact-gathering work concluded, it is now Congress' responsibility to assess the findings and evidence and proceed accordingly."

Barr is expected to release the report to Congress after Thursday's press conference between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., per The Hill. It will be made avaliable to the public later in the day.