House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) organized a meeting with House Democrats scheduled after the Easter weekend to discuss what to do next in response to the release of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited redacted report.
Pelosi asked for the conference call to take place on Monday in a letter to Democrats. In her letter, Pelosi described the special counsel’s findings as a “grave matter.”
The speaker also said the nature in which the Justice Department released the findings was “disrespectfully late” and “selectively redacted.”
“The Caucus is scheduling a conference call for Monday to discuss this grave matter, which is as soon as our analysis and this Holy Season’s religious traditions allow,” Pelosi said.
“Congress will not be silent,” she concluded.
Pelosi was in Ireland on Thursday as part of a trip to the U.K.
Attorney General William Barr held a news conference Thursday morning to discuss Mueller’s finding before delivering the report to Congress, denying lawmakers a chance to review the report for themselves first.
While Mueller declined to make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice, the special counsel did not exonerate him on that allegation. According to the redacted report, the special counsel looked into 10 instances of possible obstruction in which Trump used his authority to interfere with the federal investigation.
UNITED STATES – JULY 23: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, right, and Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, shakes hands while addressing the media before a meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 23, 2009. Maliki pledged to mend sectarian divisions and fight corruption as he urged the international community to continue providing support to his nation. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, right, shakes hands with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, following a meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. During their closed-door meeting, Pelosi expressed strong concerns about Trump’s decision to name former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon to be his chief White House strategist, and asked him to reconsider the appointment. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Bloomberg
In the letter, Pelosi noted that the redacted report “appears to directly undercut” Barr’s previous conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice.
The speaker also noted that the report had “several alarming findings,” some of which “explicitly state that the President’s campaign took actions with an expectation that ‘it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.’”
After reviewing the report, Democrats criticized the Justice Department for censoring much of the 400-page document and called on Barr to release to Congress an unredacted version, which House Democrats plan to subpoena.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Thursday shared a photo of Mueller’s report with a highlighted passage on the special counsel explaining why his investigation cannot explicitly exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.
“This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence,” Nadler tweeted.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.