The House Judiciary Committee will today vote on whether Chairman Jerrold Nadler should be authorised to subpoena a complete version
The House Judiciary Committee will today vote on whether Chairman Jerrold Nadler should be authorised to subpoena a complete version of Robert Mueller’s report on allegations of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
If passed, the vote will also authorise Mr Nadler, a Democrat, to issue subpoenas for five former Trump administration officials including strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn.
Mueller’s report was submitted to the Justice Department on March 22. Two days later, Attorney General William Barr (appointed by Trump in February) submitted a four-page letter to Congress outlining its key findings—no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia; insufficient evidence to bring obstruction of justice charges against the president. Barr also said a redacted version of the entire report would be submitted to Congress by mid-April.
This has frustrated Democrats, who insist that Congress be given the entire non-redacted report. With a majority of Democrats sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, they are likely to get their way, although the non-redacted report will only be available to lawmakers, not to the general public.
The enduring battle over the Russia investigation will likely continue to drain President Trump’s political capital, which is problematic for Mr Trump as he seeks re-election in 2020.
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