House panel approves subpoena for Mueller report

House panel approves subpoena for Mueller report

House panel approves subpoena for Mueller report

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning authorized Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) (shown above right) to issue a subpoena for the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller - as well as all of the underlying evidence and materials that Mueller (above left) collected during his almost two-year investigation, Politico and other outlets reported.

Attorney General William Barr attends a First Step Act celebration in the East Room of the White House April 01, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Barr has been heavily criticized for his four-page summary of Robert Mueller's special counsel report on the Russian Federation investigation.

Nadler says he is not issuing the subpoena immediately, but Wednesday's action escalates the fight over Mueller's investigation between House Democrats and Trump, who has recently walked back his previous calls for the report to be released. The justice department ignored that deadline, with Barr telling committee chairmen in a letter last week that a redacted version of the full 300-page report would be released by mid-April, "if not sooner".

Barr told Congress that, on the question of collusion, the report "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities". "It was much more acute than Barr suggested", one member of the special counsel team told the Washington Post.

On Wednesday night, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned why Barr did not release the special counsel's summary material. Barr himself subsequently concluded that Mueller's inquiry had not found sufficient evidence to warrant criminal obstruction charges against Trump.

On March 14, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 to make the Mueller report public. Nadler said Barr has not been willing to seek a court order to release the data so far. A slew of opinion polls show the vast majority of Americans want the full Mueller report released.

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But the allegations that Barr mishandled the findings of the special counsel investigation may be a "game-changer" for Democrats who want to see the entire report made public. But Mueller is also involved in deciding what can and can't be released from his report, and his summaries were written in such a way that they definitely can't be released to the public or to Congress? But Democrats, anticipating this battle for months, have long maintained it is necessary for them to see everything to perform their constitutional duty of oversight.

But he has since indicated less enthusiasm for releasing a report he once wrongly claimed "totally exonerated" him, though he continues to maintain that it's Barr's decision to release the report. Also unknown is how many members of Mueller's team have expressed concern over the matter.

Some investigators are also concerned that Barr's review of the report has already shaped the public's perception of the probe before the full report has been released.

"The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report".

Democrats have questioned Barr's conclusion, noting that he wrote a 2018 memo that criticized Mueller's obstruction inquiry and argued that the president can not be accused of obstruction for exercising his broad constitutional powers.

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