House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has been outspoken about his belief that Congress has a right to see the full, unredacted report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but that isn’t how he felt when former President Bill Clinton was under investigation.
President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign team were the focus of a nearly two-year-long investigation into alleged collusion with Russian officials in the campaign. Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion on behalf of the Trump campaign and a redacted version of the report will be delivered to Congress and the public later this morning.
For some Democrats, however, a redacted report is not enough and they have demanded to see the full report.
Nadler claimed that Congress is “entitled” to the unredacted report.
“We are demanding and we have a right — Congress has a right to the entire report with no redactions, what so ever. We are entitled to see it because Congress represents the nation and Congress has to take action on any of it. We’re entitled to see all of it.”
However, when Clinton was under investigation in 1998 for the fallout from the Lewinsky scandal, Nadler sang a different tune.
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“Much of this material is federal rule 6(e) material, that is material that by law — unless contravened by a vote of the House — must be kept secret.”
During the Clinton investigation, Nadler also claimed that the judiciary committee should be able to make reductions to protect the “privacy of third parties.” He warned that Congress shouldn’t be able to see the unredacted report because of the risk for politically motivated leaks.
“That means fifty people are going to see it. It’s going to leak out and those privacy rights are going to be violated,” warned Nadler.
Clearly, something has changed in Nadler’s point of view on the right of privacy protections for third parties when it comes to an investigation with President Trump as the focus, instead of a president from his own party.