Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

House Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena the full Mueller report

House Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena the full Mueller report

President Trump mocked Democrats on Twitter nearly immediately after their announcement: "No matter what information is given to the crazed Democrats from the No Collusion Mueller Report, it will never be good enough".

The Judiciary Committee has said it plans to send subpoenas for documents from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, Steve Bannon, former communications director Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Ann Donaldson, a former White House aide, according to Bloomberg.

Chairs Nadler and Schiff should immediately assert their rights and subpoena the full Mueller report and underlying evidence.

"We are calling for a National Day of Action on Thursday, April 4, to demand that Attorney General William Barr #ReleaseTheReport if he fails to meet the deadline set by congressional leaders of Tuesday, April 2", the Trump Is Not Above the Law coalition said late Monday.

"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.

"The allegations at the center of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation strike at the core of our democracy", the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to Barr.

At the same time, Barr reported that Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Nadler went on to say that he believed the unedited obstruction portion of Mueller's report will resemble that of the Watergate grand jury report that Congress recieved in 1974.

Nadler's subpoena, then, is best seen as an act of political maneuvering: an advance indicator that Democrats are gearing up to portray necessary and innocuous redactions in the Mueller report as a grand coverup by a compromised attorney general to protect his boss the president.

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee was quick to defend Barr.

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. If that hearing takes place, it is hard to see how it does not become a full discussion of the Mueller report.

On a political level, this may benefit the Democrats in general and Nadler in particular: Keeping the Democratic base fired up about a grand Russian Federation conspiracy, proof of which lurks just out of reach, and keeping Nadler in the public eye as the man who will stop at nothing to uncover it. "It's a disgrace", Trump said when asked about the House Judiciary Committee chairman by Fox News' John Roberts.

But this week Mr. Trump - speaking just before former Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke travelled to El Paso, Texas, to announce his campaign to unseat the President - will decide whether to close the country's southern border.

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