Democrats demand William Barr cancel Mueller report press conference

House Democratic chairmen demanded Wednesday that Attorney General William P. Barr cancel his press conference slated for Thursday morning to detail the special counsel’s report into the 2016 election, saying they don’t want him to shape Americans’ opinions.

The leaders of the Judiciary, Oversight and intelligence panels also complained about reports that the White House has been briefed on the findings already, saying that sounded like part of a whitewash effort.

“These new actions by the attorney general reinforce our concern that he is acting to protect President Trump,” the Democrats said.

Mr. Barr has scheduled a press briefing for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and has signaled he will send a redacted version of the report to Congress and release it to the public after that.

The committee chairmen say Mr. Barr should let the report speak for itself, without him trying to shape it or to answer questions about his decision-making.