US Congress subpoenas Trump White House for full Mueller report

Apr 05, 2019, 01:19
US Congress subpoenas Trump White House for full Mueller report

The House judiciary committee has approved subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russian Federation report, as Democrats intensify pressure on the justice department to release the document without redactions.

"On multiple occasions, I have asked Attorney General Barr to work with us to go to the court and obtain access to materials", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department on Thursday pushed back on a separate report, published by The Washington Post, which stated that Barr did not release summary information that the special counsel team prepared and deemed appropriate for release. "If we can not reach an accommodation, then we will have no choice but to issue subpoenas for these materials".

It is also unclear how extensively Mueller and his team spoke to senior Department of Justice officials about how their findings of the investigation would become public, the Times said.

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The displeasure among some who worked on the closely held inquiry has quietly begun to surface in the days since Barr released a four-page letter to Congress on March 24 describing what he said were the principal conclusions of Mueller's still-confidential, 400-page report. Neither news report gets very specific about what parts of Barr's letter the members of the investigation had issues with, though the Post said investigators had found "alarming and significant" evidence against Trump for obstruction of justice.

The Times' report is the first public indication of tension between the attorney general and the special counsel's office over the conclusions about the Russian Federation investigation.

"At some point they have to realize that they have been beat by President Trump in the 2016 election". Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

Mueller was tasked with investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election, whether members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Moscow, and whether Trump obstructed justice in the investigation after then FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed its existence in March 2017.

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Trump himself lashed out at the renewed pressure from lawmakers seeking the full Mueller report and his tax returns, saying he is being constantly audited because he was prominent and there is big money involved, although they are not considered mitigating factors in withholding the returns, something no President has done. He is now expected to release the entire report, with some redactions, by mid-April. In the summary, Barr said there was no evidence of a conspiracy involving Trump. Rather, lawyers disagreed about whether they could prove that Trump had criminal intent as he took a variety of actions that seemed created to shut down the investigation, from firing FBI Director James Comey, to ordering the dismissal of Mueller, only to back off when his White House counsel threatened to quit, according to The New York Times and not confirmed by NBC News.

"Majorities of Americans believe the full Mueller report should be made public", declared Public Citizen in a statement, referencing polls showing "overwhelming" support for the report's disclosure.

Last month, before Mr. Mueller submitted his report to the attorney general, the House voted nearly unanimously to release the full report to Congress and to release all of the report to the public except those parts that are "prohibited by law".

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