Schumer also called Barr's handling of the Mueller report "regrettably partisan", attacking his "slanted 3/24 summary letter" and his plan "to spin the report in a press conference today-hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it".
"The statements about his beliefs, his honest beliefs, are recognized in the report that there was substantial evidence for that", Barr added, referring to Mr. Trump.
"The campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts", the report said.
The report was divided into two volumes. Barr has said the report shows no evidence President Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation.
Other presidents have been under investigation.
"While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges", Mueller wrote.
The report said Mueller's team did not issue a subpoena to force Trump to give an interview to the special counsel because it would have created a "substantial delay" at a late stage in the investigation.
"Now, the Department of Justice is informing us we will not receive the report until.AFTER Barr's press conference".
However, Barr said, "Russian operatives that pursued these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or his campaign".
Barr said "no material has been redacted based on executive privilege".
"Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation", Barr said.
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The press conference has concluded and Barr has left the podium.
"They're having a good day, I'm having a good day, too".
Of course, the Never Trump squad also chimed in, with anti-Trump Republican and frequent cable news guest Rick Wilson complaining, "The Attorney General of the United States just defended obstruction because of the President's hurt feelings".
"We've got to get back to God, we've got to get back to Bible principles, we've got to get back to the Constitution, we've got to get back to doing what's best for our nation".
Democrats, however, saw clear evidence of obstruction in Mueller's report. And Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in the attorney general's four-page summary of the Mueller report that was released last month, declined to charge obstruction of justice.
Nadler tweeted that the American people deserve to hear from the special counsel himself. "It's a coordinated PR effort by Barr and the White House to try and downplay what's in there that's going to be really ugly".
Trump called McGahn at home and ordered him to dismiss Mueller, but McGahn balked.
Mr. Barr, however, opted to reach the conclusion that Mr. Mueller would not.
In June 2017, Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell the then-acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed, the report said. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible. "So I'm not sure what your basis is for saying that I'm generous to the president".
A Justice Department official confirmed Barr's plan to speak and answer questions about his "process" before the report's public release. Both have been repeated nearly from the moment of Hillary Clinton's surprise loss to Trump in 2016. Some of these contacts were met with skepticism and nothing came of them; others were pursued to some degree. The administration's ever-changing justification for that firing led to speculation that Mr. Trump had fired him to sabotage the Russian Federation investigation.