Jerry Nadler: Our Job, Not AG’s, ‘To Determine Whether Or Not President Trump Has Abused His Office’

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Attorney General William Barr is promising that a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report will be released to Congress and the public soon, but House Democrats are taking steps to get a full, unedited version of the report.

“We are dealing now not with the president’s private affairs, but with the sustained attack of the integrity of the public by the president and his close advisers,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said at a hearing Wednesday.

“This committee requires a full report and underlying materials because it is our job, not the attorney general’s, to determine whether or not President Trump has abused his office.”

The committee voted 24-17  along party lines to authorize subpoenas for the full report.

“We require the report because one day, one way or another, the country will move on from President Trump,” Nadler added. “We must make it harder for future presidents to behave this way.”

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Democratic lawmakers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the results of the Mueller report so far, expressing that a four-page summary written by Trump’s “hand-picked” attorney general isn’t enough to prove that there’s nothing damning in the report.

Barr’s declaration that he would redact parts of the report played more into the Democrats’ fear that the administration could cover-up a major revelation.

“The Trump administration has an idea. They want to redact the Mueller report before they provide it to Congress,” Nadler said. “This committee has a job to do … That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves.”

The committee’s vote to authorize subpoenas presents new challenges for the Trump administration. It is still unclear when Nadler will issue the subpoenas and whether or not the administration will act on or ignore Congress’ wish.

“If the department still refuses, then it should be up to a judge – not the president or his political appointee – to decide whether it is appropriate for the committee to review the complete record,” Nadler said.

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