Democratic candidates for the 2020 race are all, obviously, chiming in about the Mueller Report now that they have their hands on a redacted version. California Senator Kamala Harris is calling for an un-redacted version to be given to Congress, and she slammed Attorney General William Barr on Twitter Thursday.
Also chiming in was East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell, who is calling for Barr to resign, and for Congress to enact laws specifically designed to outlaw the encouragement of Russian election meddling.
"Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation's Attorney General," Harris wrote. "His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda. Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress."
Harris went on to post a petition asking who of her followers agrees that Congress needs to see a complete, un-redacted Mueller Report.
Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation's Attorney General. His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda.⁰ ⁰Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 18, 2019
The report released Thursday contains a wide array of details about the Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 election and get Trump elected. While, as we already knew, it stops short of accusing the president or his aides and advisors of direct conspiracy with Russia, the report makes abundantly clear how they welcomed Russia's efforts, and failed to tell the FBI of Russians' attempts to contact the Trump campaign. It's also clear from President Trump's repeated and well documented efforts to thwart the Mueller probe that he was at least fearful of what the investigation might turn up.
The choice pullquote being bandied about all across social and standard media today: "Oh, my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” (Trump reportedly said this while slumped in his chair in the Oval Office upon the announcement of Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel's investigation two years ago.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed Harris's statements about Barr, saying of the Attorney General's morning press conference, "It's a disgrace to see an Attorney General acting as if he's the personal attorney and publicist for the President of the United States."
Rep. Eric Swalwell was even more pointed in his comments on Twitter, suggesting that the Mueller Report does present evidence of collusion that should be considered criminal, and calling for Attorney General Barr to resign.
Russia attacked us. The #MuellerReport details a multiplicity of contacts b/w Russia & @realDonaldTrump’s team and that Trump & his team “materially impaired” the investigation. Yet, OUR Attorney General acts as Trump’s defense attorney. He can’t represent both. Barr must resign.— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 18, 2019
“The investigation established several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign LIED to the Special Counsel, and to Congress about their interactions with Russian-related individuals...Those lies MATERIALLY IMPAIRED the investigation of Russian interference.” #MuellerReport— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 18, 2019
Who can read the 200 pages on collusion in the #MuellerReport and conclude, “nothing to see here, wouldn’t it be great if a future campaign conducted itself that way?” A failure of past Congresses to imagine such conduct & write laws prohibiting it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t now.— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 18, 2019
Expect a ramping up of the rhetoric by Democrats in the House and Senate in the coming weeks as they attempt to steer the conversation back toward the negative revelations in the report.
But, as the New York Times puts it, "[Many] Americans made up their minds long ago, and it is unclear what the effect will be of the release of hundreds of pages of investigative conclusions by a team of seasoned prosecutors. Those already convinced that the investigation was a witch hunt, and those already convinced that Mr. Trump conspired with Russia to win the presidency, are unlikely to be moved by the conclusions of Mr. Mueller and his team."