Three Democratic senators — including one who is running to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020 — have filed an open records request for details on a conversation between President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.
The Freedom of Information Act request was made after a report detailed how Trump had asked Barr to speak out publicly regarding a phone conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Axios reported
Per a report from the Washington Post on Wednesday, citing sources who were familiar with the matter, Trump allegedly wanted Barr to deny that the president had done anything wrong within the call. Barr refused to do so, those sources said.
Trump denied the report’s allegations the following day, tweeting out that the Post had “MADE UP the story.”
The degenerate Washington Post MADE UP the story about me asking Bill Barr to hold a news conference. Never happened, and there were no sources!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Democratic Senators Kamala Harris, Richard Blumenthal, and Sheldon Whitehouse filed the request to learn more about the conversations between Trump and Barr regarding the July 25 phone call. They cited the news reporting about Barr refusing to speak on behalf of Trump as rationale for their request.
“These reports raise serious concerns about the president’s perception of the Justice Department as a partisan political instrument and his willingness to use the power of federal law enforcement in pursuit of his own objectives,” the request from the three senators read.
It’s unlikely that the White House will respond in a timely manner to the demands from these three lawmakers. FOIA requests are often time-consuming endeavors, and can take months or even years, in some cases, to complete.