Top House Democrats say Barr doesn't deserve benefit of doubt

Top House Democrats say Barr doesn't deserve benefit of doubt

Top House Democrats say Barr doesn't deserve benefit of doubt

The House Judiciary Committee intends to authorize subpoenas on Wednesday morning in order to get their hands on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full un-redacted 400-page report.

Attorney General William Barr, who has broad authority under Justice Department regulations to decide how much of Mueller's report to release, sent lawmakers a four-page letter on March 24 explaining Mueller's "principal conclusions" and has promised to release the almost 400-page report by the middle of this month, with some parts blacked out, or "redacted".

"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 vote further escalates the Democrats' battle with the Justice Department over the report's final outcome, a fight that could eventually end up in court if the two sides continue to trade blows, though Mr Nadler has not confirmed if he will send the subpoenas.

He has not said when, or if, he would do so.

Lawmakers will also consider subpoenas for underlying evidence from Mueller's investigation and from five former aides to President Donald Trump, including White House counsel Donald McGahn and political adviser Steve Bannon.

For Trump supporters, his loyal base of approximately 35% to 40% of Americans, there was news to cheer about: The Mueller investigation, Barr said, "did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election".

Nadler has also asked the Justice Department to jointly go to court with Democrats to request the release of all Mueller grand jury material to the House Judiciary Committee. For Nadler and his colleagues to subpoena the report now would have communicated that they had prejudged Barr as a bad actor and his treatment of the report as irredeemably tainted.

Nadler nearly certainly will not issue the subpoena immediately.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that while working as a real estate developer in New York City, Rep. Jerrold Nadler was a routine foe, as the president blasted Congressional Democrats over their latest demands.

They are among 81 people, agencies and entities the panel has sought documents from as part of its obstruction and corruption investigation into Trump and his associates.

"We are dealing now, not with the President's private affairs, but with a sustained attack on the integrity of the republic by the President and his closest advisors", said Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY. The court said Congress clearly needed the material to conduct an effective impeachment investigation, and noted that the Democratic-led House Judiciary committee had taken "elaborate precautions to insure against unnecessary and inappropriate disclosure of these materials".

In four-page summary of Mr Mueller's report on March 24, Mr Barr wrote that the special counsel did not find that Mr Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The lawyers are prepared to defend any details unfavourable to Trump, and they've spent months putting together a rebuttal to Mueller's report based on the legal team's understanding of the events Mueller was investigating. "And it's disingenuous", Collins said. In doing this, most of the media missed the real story, which was a very simple one. Democrats have expressed concern Barr could use redactions to suppress evidence of potential misconduct by Trump and his campaign.

Nonetheless, Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein reached their own conclusion that there wasn't sufficient evidence to establish that Trump committed a crime.

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