WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2019  – Following Attorney General William Barr’s press conference today previewing the Mueller report, AF President Nan Aron released the following statement:

Attorney General Barr deserves an Academy Award for his performance today.  This so-called press conference was nothing more than a staged opportunity for him to repeatedly deliver the same scripted lines about ‘no collusion’ while stonewalling any substantive questions, including questions about the President’s participation in obstruction of justice.

The fact that a press conference was scheduled before the release of the report itself guaranteed that Barr would not face tough or well-informed questions, further proof that this entire exercise was a phony PR stunt.

We did hear that there were ten occasions on which the President took part in activities that raised questions about obstruction, and we heard Barr’s carefully parsed statement about whether Trump and associates ‘illegally’ disseminated Wikileaks’ stolen material. The American people are now relying on the Mueller report itself and Congress to get to the heart of this matter.

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