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

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

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is pushing House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to ask special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress "without delay".

Mr Barr's distillation "appears to minimise the implications of the report as to the president", said Mr Nadler.

Last week news reports suggested that members of Mueller's team are frustrated with Barr's letter, which they saw as oversimplifying their more complicated findings.

"Our party is just calling for two very simple things: we want him to release his taxes, like every president has going back to President Reagan, and we want the Mueller report to become public", the California Democrat said on CNN's "Newsroom".

Two weeks after he cleared President Donald Trump in the Russian Federation meddling investigation, Attorney General Bill Barr faces mounting pressure to show the full evidence behind his decision.

The Judiciary Committee authorized Nadler on Wednesday to subpoena the department to obtain Mueller's full report, moving closer to a legal clash with the Trump administration.

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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Trump is also likely concerned about reports that surfaced last week, indicating that some members of Mueller's core team are unhappy with the way their conclusions, particularly on the subject of the president's "obstruction", were characterized in a four-page letter issued by Attorney General Robert Barr. He will subpoena the unredacted report if Attorney General William Barr refuses to make it available. "There could be grounds for other action ... you can commit shameful acts, you can commit complete betrayals of the public interest without committing impeachable acts". The majority of Americans now feel that the public should see the Mueller report, with only partial redactions for classified information.

"He's a biased defender of the administration, and he's entitled to be a defender of the administration, but he is not entitled to withhold the evidence from Congress", Nadler said.

Barr, appointed by the Republican president, has pledged to release a redacted version of the report by mid-April. There's a process moving forward.

Ms Rogers responded to the president as she said: "When you're starting your morning attack of institutions, I think you've gotta pick a lane". He has also called Mueller "honorable".

The special counsel's team was so close-lipped that it forced journalists and the public to get creative to discern what Mueller was up to.

Ultimately, the president posted a New York Post article encouraging Democrats to "give up" - a clear shot across the bow of Democratic-led House committees now ramping up their own investigations of the president, his family, and his businesses.