Nadler Makes Another Accommodation to Barr to Get Mueller Report Material




 

In a letter to Bill Barr on Friday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that his committee was willing to receive specific portions but not all of the underlying evidence from the Mueller report as part of the Attorney General's document production.

The letter marked the an accommodation from House Democrats as they attempt to jump start negotiations with the Department of Justice for the release of the full, unredacted Mueller report.

Previously, Nadler had been demanding all of the report's evidence. But in his letter, the New York Democrat said the committee was now willing to "prioritize a specific, defined set of underlying investigative and evidentiary materials for immediate production" including "reports from witness interviews … and items such as contemporaneous notes taken by witnesses of relevant events."

"Since these materials are publicly cited and described in the Mueller report, there can be no question about the Committee's need for and right to this underlying evidence in order to independently evaluate the facts that Special Counsel Mueller uncovered and fulfill our constitutional duties," the letter said.

Nadler has come under some pressure from some Democrats for the approach he's taken with Barr. Though the chairman did issue a subpoena for the Mueller report, he was criticized for taking his time in doing so. Other top Democrats have publicly ridiculed Barr for his opaque testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Following the news that Mueller had written a note to Barr saying that his summary of the report did not fully capture the nature and context of the special counsel's work, several lawmakers went as far as to call on the attorney general to resign. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr had committed a crime by lying to the Senate.

Nadler has been critical too but he also declined to immediately hold Barr in contempt after the attorney general declined to show up to a committee hearing on Thursday, though the chairman, in his letter, said he would do so if DOJ did not make steps to comply with the committee's subpoena.

"The committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the Department. But if the Department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the Committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse," the letter said.

Relations between House Judiciary and DOJ have been contentious, with the sides in disagreement over both how much of the Mueller report should be released, who should have access to the underlying evidence, and what type of hearings should be conducted about its production. Among other matters, DOJ has not agreed to a specific date when Mueller would testify before House Democrats, though sources confirm that the committee is now directly engaging Mueller's team on the matter.

Things took a turn this week when DOJ said Barr would not show for a scheduled committee hearing because Nadler's "conditions" were both "unprecedented and unnecessary." Nadler had proposed that committee attorneys question Barr instead of members-a format that is not unprecedented.

And on Wednesday, DOJ blew past its deadline to respond to the committee's subpoena for the release of the Mueller report. In a letter to the committee on May 1, DOJ said that it would release the report, though portions of it are still redacted, to only 12 members of the committee. Those members would not be allowed to share or discuss that version of the report with anyone else, DOJ said.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Robert Mueller to testify publicly to Congress over Russian probe
Robert Mueller to testify publicly to Congress over Russian probe

Robert Mueller, the US Special Counsel who issued a report in April on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, has agreed to testify publicly next month after two House panels issued subpoenas to him. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint statement that the special counsel has agreed to testify about the report he issued in April about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The Justice Department declined to comment. Mr Schiff told reporters shortly after the announcement that Mr Mueller was reluctant to testify but agreed to honour the subpoenas. He said there...

TechnipFMC fined $296 mn over Brazil, Iraq bribes
TechnipFMC fined $296 mn over Brazil, Iraq bribes

Oil services firm TechnipFMC has agreed to pay a total of $296 million to resolve allegations the company bribed Brazilian and Iraqi officials, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday. A former Technip consultant also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the department said.

Trump opponents turn the Mueller report into an art form
Trump opponents turn the Mueller report into an art form
  • US
  • 2019-06-25 22:02:51Z

Liz Zito is a multimedia artist so immersed in the Mueller Report that she wrote fan fiction to fill in the parts that were redacted by the Justice Department. When she worried that other Americans didn't know about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller, she found her own way to make them accessible: A "performative reading" in downtown Manhattan. First made public in April, the Mueller report detailing the results of the two-year investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is no longer just a book or a document to read online.

U.S. launches criminal probe into alleged chicken price fixing by Tyson, rivals
U.S. launches criminal probe into alleged chicken price fixing by Tyson, rivals

The DOJ filed a motion to intervene and stay discovery of evidence in an antitrust lawsuit involving the companies and has convened a grand jury to investigate, according to a court filing from Friday. Shares of Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride and Sanderson Farms fell in late afternoon trading.

House panel seeks contempt citation against Barr, Ross over Census
House panel seeks contempt citation against Barr, Ross over Census
  • US
  • 2019-06-25 10:50:08Z

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying lawmakers investigating the addition of a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In a report, the Democratic-controlled panel recommended that the full U.S. House of Representatives take up the contempt issue to force U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to comply with congressional subpoenas. The move puts the issue before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who can bring it before the chamber for additional enforcement action including seeking legal redress.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.