It's "striking" that the only two people who repeatedly say that special counsel Robert Mueller's report fully exonerates them are President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chris Coons said Wednesday.
"I don't think there's anyone here in my party, in my caucus, who believes this report fully exonerates either our president or Vladimir Putin," the Delaware Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding that's why it's important to determine why Attorney General William Barr reached his conclusions on the report.
"[He] did not leave it to us to carry out our constitutional duty to conduct oversight and to be better informed about whether or not the president violated the Americans people's trust and his constitutional duty, to see that the laws are fully and fairly enforced," said Coons.
He also said he's not convinced that the full, unredacted report will ever be released.
"The ways in which the attorney general has sought to restrict, control, redact this report has created more confusion rather than more transparency," said Coons. "He came before us in his confirmation hearing and pledged that he would lean in toward transparency. I still remain hopeful that we will find ways to achieve transparency."
Coons said he does, however, think Barr has a valid argument when it comes to items in the report that could hinder an ongoing investigation, as there are several underway.
"That is a legitimate law enforcement based argument for not providing it publicly," said Coons. "The Senate is fully capable of receiving classified information...there's no reason we shouldn't be able to see the national security portions of this in a classified annex."