- The special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his final Russia investigation report to Attorney General William Barr, but it still isn’t public.
- Barr will reportedly submit his own report on the report to Congress.
- Previously, Democrats have called for the full release of Mueller’s report on the Trump administration and Russian election interference.
- Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Democrats would use subpoena power and congressional hearings to get all the information if the report wasn’t released in full.
- Barr has indicated that he is taking the investigation seriously but also told lawmakers that he was reluctant to release accusations that didn’t accompany charges.
On Friday, the special counsel Robert Mueller transmitted his team’s final report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Democrats are calling for the full release of the report, but Barr hasn’t committed to releasing the entire thing. Democrats have said they will resort to legal and political action if Barr doesn’t release the report.
In February, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California threatened to subpoena the report and compel Mueller’s testimony if the Trump administration attempted to suppress it.
Schiff told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary.”
Rep. Adam Schiff tells me he is “absolutely” prepared to sue Trump administration if Mueller report is not made public: “We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary” https://t.co/lSX5poLKT9 pic.twitter.com/kKtMjf1Wo3
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) February 24, 2019
Previously, Schiff and five other Democratic House chairs had sent a letter to Barr suggesting that not releasing the report, which is under his purview, would amount to a “coverup.”
During his confirmation hearing in January, Barr said he would let Mueller finish the report and that he doesn’t believe Mueller is running a witch hunt, but he ruffled feathers when he said in his confirmation hearing that there was little benefit to releasing allegations that didn’t accompany any charges. The Mueller report reportedly goes into detail about why some individuals will be prosecuted over others.
Schiff wasn’t the only Democrat to make threats in regard to the release of the report.
Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts indicated on CBS that the House would take action if the Mueller report wasn’t released in full, saying, “If the attorney general takes the Mueller report and then sanitizes it and releases that as the answer to a comprehensive investigation, then I think the Democrats in the House and Senate, along with Republicans, have a responsibility to ensure that the American people know what happened in 2016.”
- Read more about the Russia investigation:
- Mueller turned his final report in to Attorney General William Barr, but the Russia probe is nowhere near finished
- Here’s what happens next now that Mueller has submitted his report on the Russia investigation
- Here’s what ‘collusion’ actually means, and whether members of Trump campaign could have broken the law
- Here’s everyone who has been charged and convicted in the Russia probe so far
- Democrats demand that Attorney General William Barr release special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire report on the Russia investigation
- Read Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report
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