House Democrat Vows Swift Court Action in Bid for Unredacted Mueller Report

Jerrold Nadler
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A top U.S. House Democrat vowed on Wednesday to go to court quickly in his quest to obtain the full, unredacted Mueller report on Russian election interference, saying lawmakers would not be made “fools” of by an offer by the Trump administration to negotiate over the document.

Pushing ahead on one of numerous investigations under way in Congress of President Donald Trump and his administration, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he expects to ask a federal court soon to enforce his April 19 subpoena for the Mueller report and underlying material.

An approach to the court will come as soon as possible after a vote in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, Nadler said.

“I anticipate that it will be very quick. There may be an appeal and we’ll ask for an expedited appeal,” Nadler told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The Judiciary Committee approved a contempt citation against Barr on May 8, on a party-line vote. That was after the attorney general defied the panel’s subpoena and refused to appear for a hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign, and Trump’s efforts to impede the probe.

With Democrats in control of the House, the contempt citation could be approved with no Republican support. But on its own, such a citation may have little impact on an administration that is stonewalling congressional inquiries.

To make the subpoena stick, court action likely will be needed. Nadler predicted a court victory after recent court rulings that upheld congressional subpoenas of Trump financial records from the accounting firm Mazars LLP, Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp. Trump has appealed those rulings.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department offered to negotiate for the release of material on condition that the House drop its contempt action against Barr, an offer that Nadler rejected.

“We’re not fools,” he said. “We’ve seen this movie before, where they negotiate in bad faith. They make ridiculous offers, they waste time. We negotiate in good faith.”

Justice Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

The full House will also vote Tuesday on whether to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt for deferring to a White House direction that he not provide documents and testimony to Nadler’s committee. Other former Trump aides could also face contempt citations.

Nadler told reporters that Mueller will ultimately appear before his committee, possibly as the result of a subpoena. “Let’s just say that I’m confident he’ll come in,” he said.

(Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Leslie Adler)

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Peter Mazzei
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Peter Mazzei

Jerold “NAZI” Nadler! This idiot has eaten too many fruit loops. If he weren’t so fat he’d be light in the loafers. He has risen to his level of incompetancy and should be demoted to shoe shine boy.

Jeff T.
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Show me one time where Democrats negotiated in good faith – that just never has happened. Their only negotiation is to make demands without any compromise.

Sherri
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I’m so sick of Nadler & the left screaming that Barr won’t un-redact grand jury info. They are telling him to break the laws THEY made. These people have been in congress decades. They made the law!!! Do they think Americans are really that stupid? We’re not!! Well, maybe the left is.

Fred15
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Fred15

When will this food fight in Washington come to an end. Nadler looks ridiculous. He is on a mission to get the guy in the White House no matter what. We have already gone through a two year investigation but the result was not what Nadler liked so he’s going to investigate again. He is requesting years of tax information not only from Trump but also his corporate Tax account. Dont we already have an IRS that reviews Individual and Corporate Tax returns. Dont they already audit such tax returns. Does Nadler think the IRS isn’t doing its job? Or… Read more »

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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They HAVE access to an unredacted copy of the report (except for the Grand Jury testimony which they can’t get by law anyway). All they have to do is go read it. Not one Democrat has taken the time or made the effort to do so. Hypocrites’.

Karl
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Karl

So nucklehead nadler thinks a judge will enforce a supoena which by the Constitution should be submitted to the DoJ and which said supoena demands the Attorney General break the law. Yeah theres a Constitutional crisis in the offing allright and its
being fomented by a fool who sits as chair of the House Judiciary Committee

Otis
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Toad Nadler is so bloated with his own importance that he can’t see past his spectacles.

Tina
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Tina

Dems wanna apply the law to Trump (Republicans) but not The Clinton’s (Dems). Interestingly convenient for them

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