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US Congress subpoenas Trump White House for full Mueller report

US Congress subpoenas Trump White House for full Mueller report

In addition to the dispersed rallies nationwide, people in Washington, D.C. will demonstrate outside the White House on Thursday afternoon to demand Attorney General William Barr releases the full report to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and as much information as possible to the public.

In four-page summary of Mr Mueller's report on March 24, Mr Barr wrote that the special counsel did not find that Mr Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election. Even if the Mueller report is released in almost pristine shape, we may well still see Nadler issue his subpoena anyway, despite knowing he's unlikely to claw any more information from the Justice Department, simply to try to portray Barr as shady.

Barr told Congress in a letter last week that he must redact material presented to a grand jury, as required by law, as well as information that could reveal US intelligence agencies' sources and methods. In a four-page summary of that report released two days later, Barr wrote that the special counsel did not find that Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Nadler told reporters he would also seek a judge's permission to get access to Mueller's grand jury material, which is protected by law.

Mr Barr himself went further than Mr Mueller in his summary letter, declaring that this report's evidence was insufficient to prove in court that Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice to hamper the probe.

However, Barr's letter also said Mueller's report does not exonerate Trump.

Investigators are allegedly irritated that Barr ignored the summaries they prepared for public release, which would have let the work speak for itself.




A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously to make as much of the report public as possible, though a small handful of Republicans objected to the resolution by voting "present".

The DOJ policy that says a sitting president can't be charged with a crime wasn't a factor in the dispute within Mueller's team, according to one senior USA official in a position to know. "The Department continues to work with the special counsel on appropriate redactions to the report so that it can be released to Congress and the public". Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

Mueller's report has yet to be released publicly, although Attorney General William Barr has said that a redacted version will be sent to Congress in mid-April.

Instead, he said he is intending to give the attorney general "time to change his mind" about redacting the Mueller report before submitting it to Congress, Politico also noted.

The New York Times first reported that some special counsel investigators feel that Barr did not adequately portray their findings.

"It's been my assumption that a 400-page report has an executive summary already, and so of course it begged the question, 'Why did Barr feel the need to release his own summary?'" he said on MSNBC. Theories have been kicked around since Barr released his summary of the report to explain Mueller's weird refusal to reach a conclusion on the obstruction matter.

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