In a party-line vote, the House Judiciary Committee passed a resolution authorizing subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The politically-calculated move comes despite Attorney General William Barr’s intention to deliver the nearly 400-page report by mid-April after appropriate redactions are made – specifically, sensitive personal information from grand jury testimony and other classified details were removed.
That wasn’t good enough for House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who set April 2 as the deadline for the full report to be turned over.
CBS News’ Emily Tillett reports:
Before Wednesday’s vote, Republicans largely blasted the Democratic-led effort as violating the law, claiming the public release of the full Mueller report would present national security issues as much of the report is expected to contain redacted materials pertaining to grand jury information.
Republican members on the committee also claimed the resolution was a continuing effort to undermine the Trump presidency, with some claiming Democrats were pursuing the subpoenas as an attack on the president.
“As much as Democrats may hate the president, I would hope you love America more,” said Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck. He said that “if love trumps hate” Democrats should afford the attorney general enough time to properly release the findings.
Meanwhile, as Democrats continue to push for transparency, President Trump pushed back, calling out committee Chairman Jerry Nadler for opposing the release of independent counsel Ken Starr’s report on the investigation of former President Clinton.
In 1998, Rep.Jerry Nadler strongly opposed the release of the Starr Report on Bill Clinton. No information whatsoever would or could be legally released. But with the NO COLLUSION Mueller Report, which the Dems hate, he wants it all. NOTHING WILL EVER SATISFY THEM! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019