Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement Thursday, April 18, 2019 after the redacted report was publicly released.
“First, William Barr put out a 19-paged audition memo calling Robert Mueller’s investigation ‘overly aggressive’ and ‘fatally misconceived’. After being sworn in, Attorney General Barr released an unwarranted summary, which included cherry-picked quotes from the report that was then redacted and publicly released today, only after having been shared with White House lawyers and spun by a misleading 30-minute press conference.
“Even though I’ve only been able to see the redacted report, it’s safe to say that there is disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice. The report made clear that the President is not exonerated and that the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions.
“Attorney General Barr’s four-page summary and the press conference were attempts to shape a narrative that is patently false and just provided talking points for right-wing media. Congress must get the full, unredacted report, along with the underlying evidence uncovered by Special Counsel Mueller.”