SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory - Wind Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Top judiciary Dem issues subpoena for full Mueller report

After the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report, CNN analyzed the major takeaways and discussed what might happen next.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 7:31 AM


House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed Attorney General William Barr on Friday for a full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and the underlying evidence by May 1, teeing up a showdown with the Justice Department that's likely to end up in court.

"My Committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice. The redactions appear to be significant," wrote Nadler in a statement. "We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case."

"Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by President Trump and some of his closest associates," he said. "It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward."

CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.

House Democrats, already seething over Barr's handling of Mueller's report, are swiftly moving to try to see what else Mueller included in the roughly 36 pages' worth of redactions in the report.

Barr released the special counsel's two-volume report on Thursday with four types of redactions: grand jury material, information about ongoing investigations, classified material and to protect the privacy of peripheral third parties. The Justice Department plans to show a select group of lawmakers all of the redactions except for grand jury material, which Barr has argued legal statutes do not allow him to release to Congress.

But that's not good enough for Democrats in Congress, who say they are entitled to view grand jury material as part of their oversight duties. The swiftness with which Nadler issued the subpoena -- less than 24 hours after the redacted report was released -- signals that House Democrats don't believe they have a negotiating partner in Barr.

Democrats slammed the attorney general on Thursday for issuing a summary of Mueller's conclusions they say mischaracterized what the Mueller report found on both collusion and obstruction of justice. Barr's decision to hold a press conference before sending the report to Congress solidified Democrats' view that Barr was out to protect the President.

Republicans accuse Democrats of asking the attorney general to break the law by requesting grand jury material, arguing that Congress is not entitled to that information unless a formal impeachment proceeding has been opened -- something Democratic leaders have resisted thus far.

"Today's subpoena is wildly overbroad. It commands the department to provide Congress with millions of records that would be plainly against the law to share because the vast majority of these documents came as a result of nearly 2,800 subpoenas from a grand jury that is still ongoing," said Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

Since the report was released Thursday, Nadler and other Democrats have pointed to the portion of Mueller's report that laid out a case for Congress' power to investigate obstruction of justice.

When asked if the Mueller report would provide a "road map" should Democrats open impeachment proceedings, Nadler told reporters on Thursday that it was "too early" to discuss that. But Nadler added the special counsel "probably" wrote the report with that "intent." Barr's redactions, he said, seemed to "frustrate that intent."

"We will have to go follow the evidence where it leads and I don't know exactly where it will lead," Nadler said Thursday.

The Mueller report is the result of a nearly two-year investigation into how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help the Trump campaign and whether the President then obstructed that probe.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 72506

Reported Deaths: 896
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah16587234
Washington1013599
Marion9082139
Clackamas602377
Umatilla432549
Lane425042
Jackson376830
Malheur238742
Deschutes229115
Yamhill169616
Linn139222
Polk121416
Douglas92118
Klamath8444
Jefferson81411
Benton7847
Union7796
Morrow6547
Lincoln61615
Wasco52419
Josephine5234
Columbia4883
Coos4213
Hood River3961
Clatsop3590
Baker2783
Crook2196
Grant1341
Curry1332
Tillamook1260
Lake1241
Harney991
Wallowa713
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler30
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1200624

Reported Deaths: 19116
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3908917623
San Bernardino921641129
Riverside857691437
San Diego80018997
Orange767611577
Kern40632448
Fresno37994481
Sacramento36579566
Santa Clara33732476
Alameda29116511
San Joaquin25741502
Contra Costa23571261
Stanislaus21585424
Tulare20634308
Ventura19379175
Imperial15960356
San Francisco15377160
Monterey14753116
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12049157
Merced11550179
Santa Barbara11340135
Kings1068787
Solano1004481
Marin7704129
Placer635468
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera605085
Yolo473775
Shasta471847
Santa Cruz435828
Butte389459
Sutter314415
Napa298817
El Dorado23154
Yuba198110
San Benito186516
Lassen17733
Tehama164925
Mendocino148522
Nevada11849
Tuolumne9818
Lake90919
Glenn8918
Humboldt8509
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Amador55416
Mono5453
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1580
Modoc1310
Mariposa1302
Alpine500
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 35°
Brookings
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Crater Lake
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 37°
Grants Pass
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 37°
Few showers on Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events