The forgotten reason Congress needs to see the Mueller report
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2019,
Apr 10, 2019, 4:42
Attorney General William Barr promised lawmakers Tuesday he will release the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller by next week, with color-coded redactions that describe why some passages are kept confidential. "If they did it on the House side, I don't see the Senate going anywhere with that".
Barr is working with Rosenstein, Mueller, and their key aides to produce an edited version of the report.
On March 24, Barr released a four-page letter to congress laying out what he said were Mueller's main findings. Barr said that he and Justice Department officials decided that a case for obstruction could not be made.
After Barr's testimony, Nadler said in response that the courts have "given the Congress the grand jury information when requested in many, many different instances".
Democratic leadership has been loathe to even discuss impeachment, and with Mueller's conclusions in his final report now public, as characterized by Barr, the chances of successfully removing Trump from office seem even more remote than they were before.
"Surely, they're not asking him to do something that would be contrary to what the law is and just doing his job", said Alabama Rep. The first is grand jury information...
"[Mueller] and his people had been interacting with the deputy attorney general and lawyers supporting the deputy attorney general in his supervision of the Special Counsel, and in that context there had been discussions, so there was some inkling as to some of the thinking of the Special Counsel", he said.
"This process is going along well", Barr said at the hearing Tuesday.
Cartwright noted that if the law was struck down, millions of people who get their coverage through the ACA marketplace would lose their coverage and "tens of millions more would see their premiums skyrocket".
Mueller submitted his report on March 22.
Barr said that Mueller's team "did not play a role in drafting" his letter to Congress, but he added, "We offered to have Bob review it before putting it out, and he declined".
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey (D-NY) on Tuesday called Barr's handling of Mueller's report "unacceptable".
In a March 24 letter to Congress, Barr said that Mueller's investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation. And he does not plan on seeking a court order to release grand jury information (which, according to the Federal rules of criminal procedure, must be kept secret unless certain exceptions are met), something Democrats have demanded in recent days.
Some members of Mueller's investigative team have been quoted recently in USA media reports as saying that Barr unfairly summarized the report.
The attorney general has already released a four-page summary of Mueller's almost 400-page confidential report.
"Let's not kid ourselves. the president is of the opinion that if there is a major dispute on a lot of subjects, that he will have the courts backing him up, period", House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) said.
Lowey said the Judiciary Committee has the responsibility and right to subpoena the full report and fight to see any redacted information.
"I believe that our country must respond to any foreign interference with the strongest measures, and we must work with partners at the state level to ensure that our election infrastructure is completely protected", his statement says.
"I can envision a situation where, under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr said, referring to the redactions generally.
Serrano said Americans have been "left with many unanswered questions" about Mueller's investigation.