House Democrats are wasting no time in preparing subpoenas for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion in the 2016 election, and they have their eye on five key current and former White House staffers they say need to testify under oath in front of a House panel.
Yahoo News reports that Democrats will hold a vote Wednesday in the House on whether to send out subpoenas to the Department of Justice demanding the full Mueller report, even though Attorney General William Barr, in a letter released late last week, promised to make the full document available to legislators by mid-April at the latest. Barr noted, on behalf of Mueller’s own office, that any report issued to Congress must be redacted, and the DOJ is working to accomplish that as quickly as possible.
But, of course, that’s not quick enough for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and other House members engaged in investigating the president.
Nadler made a statement on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee Monday demanding that Barr and the rest of the DOJ speed up their efforts to meet an arbitrary timeline set by Democrats.
“Congress requires the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence,” Nadler wrote. “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.”
Five former White House officials — Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, former White House Counsel Don McGahn, and former White House aide Ann Donaldson — have also been singled out for subpoenas, under the assumption that they were interviewed by Mueller for his report and under the suspicion that they may have received information about Mueller’s report, despite not being covered by rules regarding classified and confidential documents.
Those five are also among the 81 individuals Democrats pestered last week with official requests for documents relevant to their time serving the Trump administration. Nadler said in his statement Monday that the five did not comply willingly with Democrat requests, hence the subpoenas.
This new investigation is just one of several being handled by Congressional Democrats. In addition to requesting the Mueller report, this comes on the heels of investigations into the president’s former businesses, his transactions with foreign banks, and his conduct while in the White House.
President Trump mocked Democrats on Twitter almost immediately after their announcement: “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!”
Barr has also responded to Democrat demands that the full Mueller report be released Tuesday by indicating that the Democrats’ timeline is nonsensical and based on assumptions about the report. In his letter Friday, Barr noted that the actual Mueller report is more than 400 pages long, and that it requires work before it can be submitted to Congress. The April 2nd deadline was proffered by lawmakers and the Department of Justice did not agree to it.