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Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer demand Robert Mueller speak out

April 18, 2019 GMT

The top two congressional Democrats demanded Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller testify to Congress about his investigation into President Trump, saying they don’t trust the attorney general to be fair.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Attorney General William P. Barr has made several bungles that have surrendered his impartiality.

“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the special counsel’s investigation is for special counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible. The American people deserve to hear the truth,” they said.

Mr. Mueller, as special counsel, reports to Mr. Barr and submitted his final report to the attorney general late last month.

Mr. Barr is slated to give a press conference Thursday morning then make a redacted version of the report public. He’s also said he will testify to Congress about the report and his decisions early next month.

Democrats say his moves appear to be efforts to shape public opinion in favor of Mr. Trump.