Desperation in the air? Top Dems demand Barr cancel presser on Mueller report, furious Nadler sounds off
For two years Democrats and their media allies bandied about the Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory. But with that conspiracy finally debunked, the conspiracy loving far-left has, it would appear, chosen to seize upon a new and arguably dumber conspiracy theory.
The new conspiracy theory posits that Attorney General Bill Barr’s decision to hold a press conference prior to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday afternoon is, in reality, part of a clandestine operation to fool the American people, or something.
“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,” a slew of congressional Democrat leaders announced in a joint press release Wednesday, demanding that Barr cancel.
NEW: Top House Democratic committee chairs call on Attorney General Barr to cancel his planned news conference, calling it “unnecessary and inappropriate.” https://t.co/toHGJitBhQ pic.twitter.com/fKWuPQyqbP
— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2019
The statement was signed by Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chair Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Oversight and Reform chair Elijah Cummings, Financial Services Committee chair Maxine Waters and Foreign Affairs Committee chair Eliot L. Engel. The leader of the pack, Nadler, even held his own press conference.
“Rather than letting the facts of the report speak for themselves, the attorney general has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation,” he complained.
“The Attorney General appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump, the very subject of the investigation at the heart of the Mueller report.”
He added that he may even subpoena the special counsel to testify.
“I assume we’ll probably find it useful to ask Mueller to testify and I assume members of his team to testify, but we’ll have to make those decisions after reading what we get, as inadequate as that may be,” Nadler said, suggesting that even the special counsel’s own report won’t be good enough.
The same sentiment has been expressed on Twitter by both Nadler and his peers both in the Democrat Party and the Democrat Party’s public relations firm, i.e., the entire mainstream media.
Attorney General Barr wrote to me on April 1: “I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report.” I agree. So why is the AG holding a press conference tomorrow morning to go over the Mueller report? #ReleaseTheReport https://t.co/UA9XyC55v5
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 17, 2019
Why is William Barr holding a press conference if not to (once again) try and frame the Special Counsel’s findings. Just release the full report and let the American people judge for themselves!
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) April 17, 2019
Pretty convenient of the Attorney General to take questions on the report before anyone has a chance to read the report. https://t.co/oiH7ZrsWi4
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) April 17, 2019
So-called Attorney General is presiding over a dog and pony show.
Here is a thought.
Release the Mueller report tomorrow morning and keep your mouth shut.
You have ZERO credibility.https://t.co/fKFeexUKkX
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) April 17, 2019
AG Barr has thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else. The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin. https://t.co/fgXwiLuQfr
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 17, 2019
Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference.
Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report.
This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House.
This is not justice. Just PR.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2019
I can’t think of any reason Barr needs to hold a press conference to discuss a report Mueller wrote. He needs to get out of the way. https://t.co/gJbazzL8sO
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 17, 2019
Barr’s news conference tomorrow will be the kickoff of @realDonaldTrump press strategy of making the story about the investigators not the results of the investigation. Beyond inappropriate. It’s disgraceful.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) April 17, 2019
Unless DoJ releases the report between now 6 am, journalists will not have had time to digest what is in the report before attending this press conference and asking questions about what is in the report. https://t.co/3Iu660YJCp
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019
Speaking of the Democrat media, MSNBC put together an entire panel of veritable Democrat “reporters” and “pundits” to slam Barr’s press conference and accuse him of being a “shill.”
“It’s extraordinary, though, this announcement … that the country’s attorney general will present the 22-month-long Mueller investigation to the country,” network host Nicolle Wallace complained.
“It’s just an extraordinary leap into not just the President’s political and legal prerogatives, I guess a leap Barr has already made. But to be a shill … he becomes the first cabinet secretary to plunge into the deep end of Trump’s conspiracy pool.”
It’s unclear what “conspiracy” Barr is perpetuating by holding a press conference …
As for nearly everybody in America who’s not a deeply partisan left-winger, the reaction to the reaction has involved some laughter, some mockery and some rolling of the eyes.
“In case you were wondering which stage of grief the D.C. press corps is in regarding Trump’s election/Mueller’s no collusion finding, they’re currently melting down because the attorney general they want to question is holding a press conference where they can ask him questions,” Sean Davis, the founder of The Federalist, tweeted in amusement on Wednesday.
Responding directly to Nadler’s complains of being “deeply troubled” by Barr’s actions, New York congressman Lee Zeldin wrote on Twitter that he personally is “deeply troubled” by the Democrats’ nonstop obstruction and illogical conspiracy theories.
Look at Davis, Zeldin and others’ tweets below:
In case you were wondering which stage of grief the D.C. press corps is in regarding Trump’s election/Mueller’s no collusion finding, they’re currently melting down because the attorney general they want to question is holding a press conference where they can ask him questions.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 18, 2019
I’m “deeply troubled” by a Democratic Party pledge to resist, oppose, impeach & obstruct everything & anything. I’m “deeply troubled” that for 2 years Rep Adam Schiff said to the American public he had “more than circumstantial evidence” when he was actually just full of Schiff https://t.co/FqhpBruZI7
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) April 17, 2019
Democrats are already planning to accuse AG Barr of hiding something in the Mueller report.
But remember – Mueller’s team is working directly with Barr on the redaction process.
Don’t fall for the Democrats’ lies.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 17, 2019
Democrats are furious, furious I say, that Atty General Barr is holding a press conference at 9am tomorrow. I’m not sure why they’re furious, it just seems to be their natural state of mind. I am not furious.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) April 18, 2019
Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows has warned reasonable Americans that Democrats and their media allies most likely intend to double down on their conspiracy theories, desperate to keep their long-running collusion delusion alive:
The Mueller report will confirm there was no collusion, but take it to the bank: Democrats will double down. They’ll continue selling this hoax. Even when none of the classified evidence they’ve been promising appears to exist.
Treat their spin with the skepticism it deserves.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) April 17, 2019
Thus far it doesn’t appear that he’s wrong.