Democrats vote to subpoena Mueller report over Republican objections

Democrats vote to subpoena Mueller report over Republican objections

Some members of the special counsel Robert Mueller's team reportedly view their findings as more damaging to President Donald Trump than Attorney General William Barr has indicated.

In another letter last week, Barr said he was consulting with Mueller over how much of Mueller's full report can be released, and that he expected a redacted version of the report would be released "by mid-April".

But news media reports said that members of Mueller's team were unhappy with the way Barr had characterized its main conclusions in his four-page summary.

Barr also told lawmakers that the special counsel did not reach a conclusion "one way or the other" as to whether Trump obstructed justice throughout the investigation.

Members of Mueller's team have complained to associates the evidence related to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump "was alarming and significant", according to the Post story, which cited people familiar with the matter. But the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, voting on party lines, made a decision to subpoena the report themselves, per reporting from National Public Radio.

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.

"But if that doesn't work out, in a very short order we will issue the subpoenas", he said.

The Justice Department on Thursday defended Attorney General Bill Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report but without directly addressing news reports that Mueller's investigators are upset over what Barr has chosen to keep secret for now.

Boot emphasizes that considering how close-lipped Mueller's team was during the Russian Federation investigation, the fact that they are "now leaking for the first time in 22 months is an indication of how upset they are" and "how seriously" Barr has "blundered".

Barr, now in his second stint as U.S. Attorney General (the first occurring during the George H.W. Bush years), has returned to Capitol Hill fully aware that he would be tasked with receiving Mueller's confidential Russian Federation report and deciding what to do next.

In another development, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee, led by Trump critic Adam Schiff, is seeking an interview with and documents from a top organiser on Trump's inaugural committee.

Mr. Trump responded to reporting by the Times Thursday morning, shortly after Kupec released the statement. Most of the documents were provided, however, and Harriett Miers, the former White House counsel under President George W. Bush, had to testify under oath, but in a closed, transcribed hearing. Republican strongly objected, arguing that forcing Barr to produce components of these documents like grand jury testimony was unlawful.

Nadler said Tuesday he was "not committing" to waiting for Barr to release the report he's working on before issuing a subpoena, saying subpoenas would be used "as necessary" and he wanted to see what cooperation the committee gets first from the attorney general.

"I think Mueller had really no choice but to punt on this question and leave it to Barr to decide, and Barr, predictably, concluded there was no basis for a prosecution", Lazare told hosts John Kiriakou and Walter Smolarek.

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