There may be Democrats who still say that impeaching the president is not worth the time considering that an election is coming in 18 months, but there are also a whole lot of them who still believe in the rule of law and that it applies to everyone, no matter what government position they may hold. On Friday, the day after the heavily redacted Mueller report was released to the public, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) issued a subpoena demanding the full report, although what was stated in the redacted version is far more than enough to begin impeachment proceedings.
JUST IN: House Judiciary chair issues subpoena for full, unredacted Mueller report—setting up potential legal battle with the Justice Department for the special counsel's full findings and underlying materials. https://t.co/m41oaCs5bp
— ABC News (@ABC) April 19, 2019
The subpoena was issued early Friday morning. Although Trump’s Attorney General William Barr, who has made it clear that he’s the president’s attorney and not the American people’s, says that he’s released everything allowed by law. He failed to mention that he’s the one who determines what those laws are.
According to ABC News, Rep. Nadler said:
‘I am open to working with the Department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability.’
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 18, 2019
Mueller made it quite clear in his report that the appropriate venue for Trump’s adjudication was in Congress, but the AG is keeping vital information from lawmakers who are privy to classified information every day. His “protection” of that information is not predicated in protecting the law, this is about protecting the president and his family. Congress has a mandate after the 2018 midterm elections to fight back.
‘Barr released the report with redacted sections to the public on Thursday around 11 a.m. EDT. The report, which is 448 pages, does not conclude the president or his campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russians and does not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice…However, the report does document “numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign” and 11 possible instances of obstruction of justice.’
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 19, 2019
Republicans, of course, continue to back their corrupt president as his presidency explodes in the faces of every American. Nadler’s Republican co-chair of the committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), said that:
‘He’s rushing to subpoena material that he hasn’t even asked the department to provide yet and that, by law, can’t be shared outside the Justice Department.’
Nadler has now asked the department to provide that material, and the law is what Barr makes of it. These excuses and defenses are quickly wearing thin.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Subpoenas are coming.
Courtesy of House Judiciary. https://t.co/BtUrETnF6F
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 19, 2019