Democratic Senators, including Kamala Harris, demanded Friday the release of documents by the Justice Department in connection with an attempt by President Trump to convince Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference stating that he was in his July no laws violated 25 call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Sens. Harris, D-Calif., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. And Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., sent a request to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to Barr after the Washington Post reported that Trump had made the request for September 25
TRUMP PRESSES BACK TO REPORT BARR REFUSES REQUEST FOR PRESS CONFERENCE TO CLEAR HIM IN UKRAINE in the midst of the house escalating impeachment probe surrounding the call. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Trump's request for a public announcement from Barr was being discussed among White House officials, who in turn forwarded that request to the Department of Justice. However, the news agency reported that it could not be determined how much Trump had pushed for a press conference ̵
"These reports raise serious concerns about the President's perception of the Ministry of Justice as a partisan political instrument and its willingness to use the power of federal prosecution to pursue its own goals," the senators wrote in the request.
"We are submitting this FOIA request to receive communications, documents and other information regarding the request reported by the President that you hold a press conference to release him from misconduct during his call to the Ukrainian President.
The House Democrats claim that the phone call urging Zelensky to "investigate" allegations Former Vice-President Joe Biden and Ukraine's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election were part of a consideration that provided for withholding US military aid s temporarily closed by the White House. Trump denied anything while the Ukrainians said there was no pressure from the White House.
Trump has also pushed back the reports.
"Bill Barr did not refuse my request to speak about Ukraine." he tweeted on Thursday morning. "The story was a Fake Washington Post scam with an 'anonymous' source that does not exist – just read the transcript – the Department of Justice has already decided the call was good, we have no press freedom!"  Trump then tweeted a more determined refusal: "The degenerate Washington Post invented the story by asking Bill Barr to hold a press conference!" This, after tweeting and the story, "was completely wrong and just another FAKE NEWS story with anonymous sources that did not exist ".
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP Communications and correspondence involving Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen, or the Attorney General's Office since August 14, as well as phrases such as "Ukraine," "Zelensky "," Transcript "," Journalists "and" Press Conference "" If President Trump's passionate assertion that such reports are 'pure fiction' and 'false news', in fact if the Justice Department does not have a problem handling our request swiftly, "the senators wrote.
Jason Donner of Fox News contributed to this report.