White House No Longer Enthusiastic About Releasing Mueller Report

Minnie Murray
April 4, 2019

"The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report after the Justice Department missed a Democrat-imposed deadline, in a major escalation of the battle between Congress and the Trump administration over access to underlying documents and evidence from the Russian Federation probe", reports Fox News.

If Barr refuses to comply with a Judiciary Committee subpoena to obtain the full report and underlying investigative material, the House could vote to hold him "in contempt" and turn to the courts to enforce the subpoena. Nadler said he is concerned about reports that documents relevant to Mueller's investigation "were sent outside the White House", waiving executive privilege rights that would block document production.

"We require the report, first, because Congress, not the attorney general, has a duty under the Constitution to determine whether wrongdoing has occurred", Nadler said.

"It's unfortunate that a body meant to uphold the law has grown so desperate that it's patently misrepresenting the law", Representative Doug Collins, the committee's top Republican, said this week.

Still, Mr Trump has criticised Democrats for seeking the unredacted information.

Meanwhile, Schiff said he does not think Barr misrepresented the report's ultimate conclusion, because he's a "very careful lawyer", but the meaning of the conclusions won't be known until the report is released. The measure also authorized Nadler, a Democrat, to subpoena documents and testimony from five former Trump aides, including former political advisor Steve Bannon and former White House Counsel Donald McGahn. Grand juries need that access in order to conduct their investigations, but if the information will eventually end up in public, people will simply stop cooperating with grand juries. If Mueller found that no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, then why does Nadler need to see the grand jury testimony at all? Led by House Judiciary Chairman Democratic Rep.

On Monday, Trump asserted on Twitter that "no matter what information is given to the crazed Democrats from the No Collusion Mueller Report, it will never be good enough".

He also said he is prepared to go to court to get the grand jury information. "It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!"

Nadler responded by saying Trump was wrong because his comments came after Starr's report had already been released publicly, and when Congress was debating whether to make Starr's evidence public, too. The Justice Department ignored that deadline, with Barr telling committee chairmen in a letter last week that he was in the process of redacting portions of the nearly 400-page report and it would be released by mid-April, "if not sooner".

House Democrats had given Attorney General William Barr until Tuesday to produce the full report to Congress, but the Justice Department ignored that deadline.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hasn't said when he might subpoena the Justice Department following the committee's scheduled vote to give him the authority.

"I am not kidding around", Mr. Trump said, adding that he might end "all trade" with Mexico, which, according to the United States Chamber of Commerce, accounts for almost $2-billion a day.

Nadler sent requests to 81 people connected to Trump's political and personal dealings as he launched a wide-ranging investigation into possible obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power.

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