Elizabeth Warren Says She Doesn't Trust William Barr's Judgment on Donald Trump, Mueller Report Obstruction Decision

When it came to the question of the president's obstruction of justice, special counsel Robert Mueller—who was tasked with investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential connections to the Trump campaign—declined to make a decision. According to a summary of the final report, Mueller left that decision to Attorney General William Barr, who decided there wasn't enough evidence to prove Trump obstructed justice.

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren—who is a 2020 presidential hopeful—said on CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday that she didn't trust Barr's judgment for that important decision.

Colbert pointed out that Warren is a law professor, albeit one on sabbatical. "Do you trust Barr's judgment on obstruction here?" he asked.

"No," Warren said, to laughter and applause.

Warren then elaborated.

"No, and you shouldn't have to ask me if I trust it," she said. "We should see the whole report. When we see the whole report, we'll know what the basis is for the decision. Period."

Barr wrote in his publicly released summary that "this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." Barr then wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."

In the interview, Warren pivoted to pointing out that while the Mueller report is important, it's not a big issue for people who have been turning out at campaign events. "What people were talking about, what they're asking about, are the things that touch their lives every day," she said.

While it remains very early, polling has suggested Warren has ground to make up in the race to become the 2020 Democratic nominee. The RealClearPolitics average had her polling at 6.6 percent support, trailing former Vice President Joe Biden (29.6 percent), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (23.8 percent), California Senator Kamala Harris (10 percent) and former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke (8.8 percent).

Things are very likely to change, however, with polling this early often reflecting mostly name recognition.

"I expect a lot of movement," Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, told Newsweek last week. "As I tell our students, [former New York City Mayor Rudy] Giuliani at this point was going to be the Republican candidate in 2008."