SHOWDOWN: House Dems Prepare to Subpoena Trump Aides, Full Mueller Report Without Redactions
Rep Jerry Nadler
House Democrats are gearing up to subpoena Mueller’s full report without redactions, the underlying documents as well as docs from five former Trump aides in a potential series of legal showdowns.
Instead of serving their constituents, House Dems plan to hold a vote on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to continue the Trump-Russia collusion canard.
“Congress requires the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said in an emailed statement Monday. “Attorney General Barr has thus far indicated he will not meet the April 2 deadline set by myself and five other Committee chairs, and refused to work with us to provide the full report, without redactions, to Congress. The Attorney General should reconsider so that we can work together to ensure the maximum transparency of this important report to both Congress and the American people.”
The Judiciary Committee said it also plans to authorize subpoenas for certain documents from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former communications director Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House aide Ann Donaldson.
The committee said these individuals or their lawyers may have received documents from the White House relevant to Mueller’s investigation and that would waive any right to cite executive privilege or other claims from being used to block requests for documents.
“Several weeks ago, I sent document requests to 81 individuals and entities as part of the House Judiciary Committee investigation into abuse of power, corruption and obstruction of justice by the President,” Nadler said in the statement. “Regrettably, not everyone has chosen to voluntarily cooperate with the Committee at this time. I am particularly concerned about reports that documents relevant to the Special Counsel investigation were sent outside the White House, waiving applicable privileges.
“To this end, I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue subpoenas, if necessary, to compel the production of documents and testimony,” Nadler said.
President Trump blasted the “crazed Democrats” on Monday morning.
“No matter what information is given to the crazed Democrats from the No Collusion Mueller Report, it will never be good enough. Behind closed doors the Dems are laughing!”
No matter what information is given to the crazed Democrats from the No Collusion Mueller Report, it will never be good enough. Behind closed doors the Dems are laughing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2019
Attorney General Bill Barr told Congress in a letter on Friday that the Special Counsel is assisting him with redactions prior to releasing the report to the public.
Barr released a 4-page summary of Mueller’s “principal conclusions” last weekend revealing the special counsel found that Trump did not conspire with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election.
No collusion and no obstruction of justice.
Mueller’s team interviewed 500 witnesses and issued 2800 subpoenas in an investigation that spanned over 675 days with a total of 19 high-powered lawyers.
But this isn’t enough for top Democrats such as Nadler, Schiff and Maxine Waters — they will continue to harass President Trump until he is out of office.