Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Democratic-led House panel authorizes subpoenas for Mueller report, evidence

Democratic-led House panel authorizes subpoenas for Mueller report, evidence

Rep. Ro Khanna said Monday Democrats are calling on the Trump administration for "basic transparency" after making moves to release President Trump's tax returns and special counsel Robert Mueller's full, unredacted report into election interference.

Late last month, Barr released a four-page summary of the report saying that Mueller had concluded that Trump and his campaign had not colluded with Russian Federation.

The first public confrontation is imminent, with Barr scheduled to appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the House and Senate Appropriations committees for hearings ostensibly about the Justice Department's budget.

So far, Mr Barr has held firm to his stance that he will release this month more of the Mueller report, but stripped of evidence and testimony given to Mr Mueller's grand jury.

Mostly the special counsel's office has let its work do the talking, including in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and, most recently, in a more than 400-page report that was briefly summarized by Barr in a four-page letter for members of Congress last month.

However, Barr's interpretation is not trusted by many and leaks suggest Mueller's team is unhappy with what Barr has said.

The attorney general has pledged to release the almost 400-page report by mid-April, but has said portions will be blacked out to protect certain types of sensitive information.

According to Barr's March 24 letter, Mueller has presented evidence on both sides of the question without concluding whether to prosecute.

That has caused frustration among members of Mueller's team, who have told associates they are frustrated with the limited information provided about their almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether US President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice.

A lawyer for Nader did not respond to a request for comment.

"The trouble you get into is if you don't release it [the report], you're relying on Barr's interpretation", said Pete Parcells, an economics professor at Whitman.

"There is nothing wrong with the newspaper, there is something wrong with the prosecutor", Giuliani said.

The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee this week prepared to subpoena the full report, a move that Mr Barr and the White House will nearly certainly contest. Barr also has said he planned to redact material related to intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers took issue Sunday with President Donald Trump's latest Twitter attack on the media, pointing out a potential logical flaw in the president's argument.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to say whether this means there will be no claims of executive privilege invoked over any part of Mueller's report or whether Barr might, at some point, advise Trump to invoke the privilege over some sections, or whether Barr might do so unilaterally.

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