‘We will make sure it is public’: Democrat in charge of House Judiciary Committee vows to release Mueller report and could subpoena it if Trump’s DOJ wants it buried
- New Judiciary Chairman pledges to release Mueller report when he gets it
- Also warns of ‘real consequences’ should GOP attempt to sabotage him
- Will subpoena ‘if necessary’
- Also promises to investigate before receiving it
- Regulations require the special counsel to give confidential report to the AG
The powerful new House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerold Nadler is vowing to make the Mueller report public – providing a way information scooped up in the Russia probe to get out even if the president isn’t charged with any crime.
‘We do expect that when Mueller issues his report, the report will go to the Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, because that’s our charge, and we will make sure it is public,’ Nadler told CNN.
He also vowed to protect the Russia probe, following more than a year of taunts and complaints by President Trump that it constituted a ‘witch hunt’ and calls by the president and his top aides and advisors for it to end.
Legislation to protect the Mueller probe passed the Senate Judiciary Committee but failed to get taken up on the floor.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) says the Judiciary Committee will make sure the Mueller report is made public
‘The New Democratic majority will now put an end to the Republican attempts sabotage and undermine the investigation,’ said Nadler, a New York Democrat who has said Trump has committed offenses which may rise to the level of impeachment.
‘There will be real consequences at this point from any further such attempts,’ he added.
He continued: ‘If there’s any problem we will subpoena it if necessary. But we will get that – the Judiciary Committee will get that report and make sure the American people knows what’s in it.’
‘With that said, we are not going to wait for the Mueller report. There is plenty for the Judiciary Committee to look into right now,’ Mueller said.
According to Justice Department regulations, when he is finished, the special counsel [Robert Mueller, above] ‘shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel’
When it was under Republican control, the House Judiciary joined with the Oversight and Government Reform committee to probe allegations of FBI misconduct during the Russia probe. Lawmakers helped unearth text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Now, under Nadler, the Judiciary panel is poised to conduct its own investigation of alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russians. A bipartisan Senate Intelligence investigation continues, as does the Mueller probe.
According to Justice Department regulations relating to the special counsel, ‘At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.’
Under the scenario in place last year, the Trump’s attorney general could have received the report and kept it private. Now, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker would face demands from Congress to hand over the document.