Democrats and public advocacy groups on Thursday demanded to hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself, even as President Donald Trump continued to claim he was fully exonerated by Mueller\u0026#039;s report.Trump\u0026#039;s claims came despite the report\u0026#039;s description of numerous instances in which he may have obstructed justice.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday morning\u0026nbsp;calling for Mueller to testify before Congress \u0022as soon as possible.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s clear the White House would prefer to keep the public in the dark, and that Barr was specifically chosen for this reason.\u0022 —Indivisible\u0022Attorney General [William] Barr\u0026#039;s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24 summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning—hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it—have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,\u0022 Pelosi and Schumer said.The Democratic leaders decried Barr\u0026#039;s Thursday morning press conference—held before the report was made public—at which Barr vehemently defended the president and noted that Trump\u0026nbsp;had grown \u0022frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency.\u0022 The statement also\u0026nbsp;revealed that the White House had been given access to the report before it was made public.\u0022We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel\u0026#039;s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,\u0022 Pelosi and Schumer said. \u0022The American people deserve to hear the truth.”Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued their own calls for a public testimony by Mueller after the redacted report was released to Congress and the public—inviting the Special Counsel to testify before their respective committees, which have been investigating Trump\u0026#039;s 2016 campaign.\u0022The Committee must be kept \u0026#039;fully and currently informed\u0026#039; of the intelligence and counterintelligence findings of your investigation,\u0022 Schiff wrote to Mueller on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs. \u0022This requires that the Committee receive comprehensive testimony from you about the investigation\u0026#039;s full scope and areas of inquiry.\u0022The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/Mmo6PA4KPt— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2019Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also called for a public testimony by Mueller.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;The grassroots political action group Indivisible released its own \u0022redacted\u0022 statement,\u0022 leaving visible only the phrase \u0022Congress must investigate.\u0022RELEASE: Indivisible demands full transparency and accountability after Mueller report #MuellerTime #ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport pic.twitter.com/QnF0EtsVfK— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) April 18, 2019\u0022It\u0026#039;s clear the White House would prefer to keep the public in the dark, and that Barr was specifically chosen for this reason,\u0022 the group added in the blacked-out text. \u0022We fully support House Democrats utilizing their oversight and investigative powers to continue to get to the truth and to make it clear that no one is above the law.\u0022Even with a number of pages redacted, however, the Mueller Report pointed to 10 instances it examined to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice. While the report did not establish a criminal conspiracy or collusion between Trump\u0026#039;s 2016 campaign and Russians who interfered with the U.S. election, Mueller concluded that Trump had not been fully exonerated of wrongdoing.\u0022If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would do state,\u0022 the report reads. \u0022Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.\u0022Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn denounced Barr\u0026#039;s press conference and the redacted report as a \u0022whitewash\u0022 by the attorney general, who she accused of \u0022behaving more like a White House aide attempting to do damage control than the nation\u0026#039;s top law enforcement official.\u0022\u0022This is not how a democracy works,\u0022 Flynn said. \u0022The American people expect and deserve to know the whole truth about the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election, and they need to hear directly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in open congressional hearings.\u0022The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) issued a statement also rejecting assertions by Trump and some in the corporate media that the matter of Russia\u0026#039;s interference with the 2016 election was resolved—noting that the report confirmed the meddling 19 months before Americans again go to the polls to elect a president.\u0022Millions of Americans went to the ballot box in 2016 without knowing that a foreign adversary had taken extraordinary steps to pose as American political activists online, purchase political ads, and hack a major party nominee and campaign committee,\u0022 Travis Potter, president of the CLC, said. \u0022It is time to focus on how we can strengthen our election system to prevent foreign interference through illicit online activity, and to clarify our campaign laws so that the opportunity no longer exists for foreign actors to influence elections.\u0022\u0022American people of all political stripes—regardless of who they voted for in 2016—should look beyond one election outcome and call on Congress to protect our country from any foreign entity that may use the Russian model to intervene in 2020 and beyond,\u0022 he added.