House Cmte. Authorizes Subpoena To Compel Release Of Full Mueller Report
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee permitted chairman Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York to use a subpoena to compel the Justice Department provide Congress the full Mueller report and all associated evidence, The New York Times reports. Nadler said he would not issue the subpoena immediately. The Democrats, who control the majority of the committee, won the party-line vote and pressure Attorney General William P. Barr as he considers how much of the extensive report he chooses to share voluntarily with lawmakers.
“I will give him time to change his mind,” Nadler said. “But if we cannot reach an accommodation, then we will have no choice but to issue subpoenas for these materials.”
In addition to the subpoena to release the nearly 400-page report by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, the Democrat-led committee also approved subpoenas for former White House aides. Democrats argued that five former employees of the Trump administration were involved in an ongoing investigation of possible corruption, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power. According to The New York Times, these employees included former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II, the president's former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, former presidential chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former deputy to McGahn Annie Donaldson.
In a letter to Mr. Nadler and other congressional leaders last week, Attorney General Barr wrote that he intended to provide Congress with an abridged version of the report by April 15th and would not share it with officials until then.