Pelosi and Schumer call for Mueller to publicly testify on Trump's ties to Russia
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer pose for pictures after delivering a response to President Trump's televised address to the nation. Image via AFP/Nicholas Kamm.

The Democratic congressional leadership called for special counsel Robert Mueller to publicly testify before the U.S. House and Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement early Thursday, hours ahead of the Trump administration's rollout of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

“Attorney General (William) Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report," the Democratic leaders said, "including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality."

They offered one solution to boost public confidence in the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign ties to Russia.

"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," they said. "The American people deserve to hear the truth.”