House responds to Attorney General: Mid April? No, we're subpoenaing you right now
President Donald Trump's Attorney General is getting dearly paid back for granting the White House permission to review Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report in full, allowing them to edit anything they want, before finally submitting it to Congress.
A.G. Barr said that he intends to release it to Congress by mid-April, which is several weeks after Mueller put it in his hands.
That's not acceptable. And, House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler agrees with that notion.
On Monday he claimed that he's not waiting any longer. He is planning to authorize subpoena's for Robert Mueller's full report, including its underlying evidence which claims they didn't reach a decision on whether to charge President Trump and his inner circle with obstruction of justice.
Nadler says that he is "disturbed" by the Attorney General's decision.
Barr is said to be further reviewing the document to scrub it of information that may be deemed derogatory to "peripheral third parties." That's just his own editing. That's not including the office of the president.
Basically - without a subpoena, the public may never get to see Robert Mueller's full report. There are no laws barring major editing.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is defending the Trump administration on this.
“Judiciary Democrats have escalated from setting arbitrary deadlines to demanding unredacted material that Congress does not, in truth, require and that the law does not allow to be shared outside the Justice Department," Collins said. "It’s unfortunate that a body meant to uphold the law has grown so desperate that it’s patently misrepresenting the law, even as the attorney general has already demonstrated transparency above and beyond what is required.”
But, Collins is just playing partisan politics.
Remember two weeks ago, before Mueller's report was released? The House voted 420 to 0 to release it. Numerous Republicans voted that way because, well, they had to. If they didn't they'd be telling their constituents that they didn't value justice under the law. Now they're just trying to play games.