Though the special counsel's final report could find no Russian Federation ties, Democrats in the House and Senate insist they see a full, unredacted version, which they believe could reveal evidence of additional wrongdoing by the president or his staff.
"Senator McConnell's declaration of "case closed" is a stunning act of political cynicism and a brazen violation of the oath we all take", the congressional Democratic leaders said in a joint statement, saying that the Mueller report "left a raft of unanswered questions about coordination between the President's campaign and Russian Federation".
The speaker reiterated that Democrats still need to be able to gather "more information" and emphasized the importance of obtaining the full, unredacted Mueller report, but cautioned that "one thing leads to another".
Democrats can "redefine what the center is", Pelosi said.
"Such unreasonable demands, together with the Committee's precipitous threat to hold the Attorney General in contempt, are a transparent attempt to short-circuit the constitutionally mandated accommodation process and provoke an unnecessary conflict between our branches of government". But the danger for Democrats: Independents aren't with them on impeachment of Trump.
On Monday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied the House Ways and Means Committee's request for Trump's tax returns, teeing up a likely legal battle.
Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who is running for re-election, said the desire by Democrats to have Mueller testify is "pure political theater" and he opposes "giving them another stage to perform on". "No redos for the Dems!"
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointedly noted that "the campaign is not over, and it requires patience and judgment". Funeral ceremony held for Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza , at Jabalia Camp in Gaza City, Gaza , May 6, 2019 .
FILE - Four pages of special counsel Robert Mueller report on the witness table in the House Intelligence Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill, in Washington, April 18, 2019.
Two frequent Trump critics have said they want to hear from Mueller.
"I think we ought to put it to rest", he said.
A Judiciary Committee source said the panel's vote to hold Barr in contempt is still on track for Wednesday morning. "But our impeachment power is a justification for our getting that other information".
Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer later released a statement criticizing the Senate's top Republican over his statement. He also argued that the committee's request for the Justice Department to join them in seeking a court order for redacted grand jury materials is a violation of current law. Susan Collins, a Republican of ME who is up for reelection.
"It's hard to tell what the courts will do, especially since he's just appointed two justices to the Supreme Court who share some of his views", Pelosi said. "Democrats have launched a proxy war smearing the attorney general when their anger actually lies with the president and the special counsel, who found neither conspiracy nor obstruction". On Tuesday, White House lawyers barred former White House counsel Don McGahn from turning over subpoenaed documents related to the probe.