Although Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his Russia investigation, there are still a whole host of remaining issues to deal with. Some of those will come to the surface soon — the Justice Department has revealed that they will be releasing a redacted version of Mueller’s final report this Thursday, when it will be available to Congress and the public. It’s still an open question at this point how much of that report is going to be redacted — Attorney General William Barr’s team had been reviewing the document for material ranging from classified information to federally protected grand jury proceedings.
House Democrats have already indicated that they’re not exactly keen on trusting the Trump appointee-led Justice Department’s redaction process. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have authorized a subpoena for the full Mueller report, although that hasn’t been issued yet as members of Congress have waited for the Justice Department’s next move.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) actually went so far as to say that he hoped Barr would cooperate with him in seeking judicial permission to disclose information that might otherwise be redacted.
As Nadler put it:
‘As I have made clear, Congress requires the full and complete special counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence.’
Concerned Democrats have reached for support for their push to the precedent set in the Russia scandal by significant disclosures to House Republicans examining the investigators themselves for supposed misconduct after they dared go after dear old Trump.
That Republican effort is still ongoing, with now ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) recently revealing plans to submit eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department targeting apparent officials who’ve served behind the scenes of the Russia probe, leaks, and the processes those officials used to conduct their investigation. The criminal referrals are not legally binding, and they’re basically just glorified public relations stunts seeking to formalize a push for criminal prosecution of political opponents.
That’s just one front of the continuing fight over the Russia scandal. Democratic leaders as high-ranking as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have pushed back against Barr’s handling of the Mueller report. She went so far recently that she said:
‘I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.’
At the same time, she expressed confidence that House Democrats would be successful in their efforts to see the full Mueller report, saying that it’s only a “matter of time.”
President Donald Trump at one point suggested he’d be open to the release of the full report, but in the time since, he’s taken to criticizing Democrats’ demands for information, whining on Twitter as recently as this Monday morning:
‘The Radical Left Democrats will never be satisfied with anything we give them. They will always Resist and Obstruct!’
It’s ironic that he claims Democrats will “always… obstruct” since the Mueller report explicitly did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice allegations.
If the report is as glowing as the Trump team has claimed — without seeing it, mind you — then they should have nothing to be concerned about.
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