Prominent Democrats React to Mueller Report Summary With Demand to See Full Document

With the release of a letter from Attorney General William Barr summarizing the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, many Democrats have taken to social media to demand more information.

In the letter, Barr outlined two different avenues in Mueller's investigation, revealing the ways in which Russia sought to meddle in the 2016 presidential election before concluding that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign had knowingly cooperated with Russia's efforts.

In a second section, the letter detailed allegations that Trump had sought to obstruct justice in relation to Mueller's investigation. For that avenue, Mueller stated that his office could not determine if Trump had committed a crime, nor could sufficient evidence be obtained to exonerate the president. In his report, Mueller left the decision to proceed with obstruction charges to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, both of whom decided that Mueller's investigation "was not sufficient" to charge Trump.

In a joint statement released Sunday afternoon, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Barr to make the full report from Mueller public.

"Attorney General [William] Barr's letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that special counsel Mueller's report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay," Pelosi and Schumer said.

The message of making the report available to all Americans was echoed from several 2020 presidential candidates, including Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Sanders tweeted his comments shortly after the letter was released, saying "I don't want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report," followed by a link to an NBC News report about Barr's summary.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, using his campaign account, said, "The American public deserves the full report and findings from the Mueller investigation immediately—not just the in-house summary from a Trump Administration official."

He made similar comments from his senator account on March 22, writing, "I am demanding the Mueller report be made immediately available for members of Congress and for the public. Anything short of full transparency will be detrimental to our country moving forward. The American people deserve the truth."

New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand called for Mueller's report to be made public during a campaign launch event held at Trump International Hotel on Sunday, saying, "The Mueller report must be made public. All of it. It's not often that I agree with Richard Nixon. But he was right to say that the American people have a right to know whether their president is a crook."

For California Senator Kamala Harris, Barr being called to testify before Congress was another step toward transparency.

"The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify. That is what transparency looks like. A short letter from Trump's hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient," Harris wrote on Twitter.

Elizabeth Warren cited Congress's 420-0 vote to make the report public in her tweet, saying, "Congress voted 420-0 to release the full Mueller report. Not a "summary" from his handpicked Attorney General. AG Barr, make the full report public. Immediately."

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined the others in requesting the report be made public, "Release the full Mueller report to the American people and their representatives. There must be transparency and accountability."

Outside of presidential hopefuls, freshman Representaive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter just before Barr's summary was released to retweet actor George Takei. In his tweet, Takei asked how Trump was elected to office, saying that America "has serious issues to sort out."

"This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country. As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems. Even foreign influence plays on nat'l [sic] wounds that we refuse to address: income inequality, racism, corruption, a willingness to excuse bigotry." Ocasio-Cortez said. "He can stay, he can go. He can be impeached, or voted out in 2020. But removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified+reanimated."

In another tweet, she continued, "In order for us to heal as a nation, we ALL must pursue the hard work of addressing these root causes. It's not as easy as voting. It means having uncomfortable moments convos w/ loved ones, w/ media, w/ those we disagree, and yes - within our own party, too. It's on all of us."

"No summaries. Show us the FULL report Mueller sent over. Every word. Every comma. Every period. #MuellerReport," California Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.

Indiana Representative André Carson released a statement on his Twitter account, writing, "While I am pleased to hear that Director Mueller has completed his investigation and delivered his report to Attorney General Barr, I will not be satisfied until the report and its underlying documentation has been delivered to Congress in its full, uncensored form. Despite assertions to the contrary, this report was never meant as a political attack. It is a robust, independent investigation into Russian meddling into our democracy. Whether its findings are significant or not, every single American has an interest in its findings. We must be aiming for the highest possible degree of public disclosure."

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