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Democrats Demand Barr Publicly Release Full Mueller Report
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48104"><span class="small">Jeremy Herb, CNN</span></a>   
Saturday, 23 February 2019 09:35

Herb writes: "House Democrats are demanding that Attorney General William Barr release special counsel Robert Mueller's report to the public, a potential preview of the looming battle over Mueller's confidential report."

Robert Mueller. (photo: NBC)
Robert Mueller. (photo: NBC)

Democrats Demand Barr Publicly Release Full Mueller Report

By Jeremy Herb, CNN

23 February 19


ouse Democrats are demanding that Attorney General William Barr release special counsel Robert Mueller's report to the public, a potential preview of the looming battle over Mueller's confidential report.

Six Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, sent a letter to Barr on Friday arguing that the public should be given a chance to view Mueller's report "without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law."

"After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found," the lawmakers wrote.

When Mueller's investigation is completed, he is required to submit a confidential report to the attorney general, detailing the decisions that were made to prosecute or not prosecute those who were investigated. Justice Department officials are preparing for Mueller's report soon, although a Justice Department official said Friday that Mueller's report is not expected next week.

Once Mueller submits his report, it's up to Barr to decide what to provide to Congress and to the public.

At his confirmation hearing, Barr said he wanted to be as transparent as he could with Mueller's report, but left himself wiggle room by saying he would have to follow Justice Department regulations.

Democrats are unlikely to be satisfied with a summary from Barr detailing Mueller's findings. Several key Democrats have already signaled they could subpoena the Justice Department to obtain Mueller's report or the underlying evidence that he gathered, though Friday's letter does not mention the prospect of a subpoena or court fight.

"A summary written by Attorney General Barr in place of the Mueller report will not be acceptable," said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a statement Friday. "This isn't limited to a question of whether crimes have been committed. Congress must also determine if there was misconduct or abuse of power."

While Democrats are likely to go to court to fight for access to Mueller's report if necessary, Republicans in Congress have also expressed a desire for the report to be made public. Polling shows the public overwhelmingly feels the same way, too.

In their letter, the House Democratic leaders sought to push back on the notion that the Justice Department shouldn't share derogatory information about people it doesn't charge -- at least when it comes to President Donald Trump.

"Although we recognize the policy of the Department to remain sensitive to the privacy and reputation interests of individuals who will not face criminal charges, we feel that it is necessary to address the particular danger of withholding evidence of misconduct by President Trump from the relevant committees," the lawmakers wrote.

"To maintain that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the President will not be charged, is to convert Department policy into the means for a cover-up," they said.

Democrats have also pointed to the Republican-led investigations in the last Congress into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the start of the Russia investigation as a precedent for Barr to provide additional information to Congress.

Republicans fought the Justice Department and the FBI for months to view sensitive materials, particularly surrounding the foreign surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"In other closed and pending high-profile cases alleging wrongdoing by public officials, both the Department and the FBI have produced substantial amounts of investigative material, including classified and law enforcement sensitive information, to the House of Representatives," the Democrats wrote.

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-15 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-23 10:10
I think Barr will release the report -- "to the full extent permitted by law." The limitations will be on evidence from grand jury testimony which cannot be revealed. NSA and FISA evidence cannot be revealed by law. And any evidence collected by covert methods will be excluded to protect "sources and methods."

So it is likely that there won't be much left to publish. Probably we will get a lot of the nonsense narratives that padded out the skimpy indictments that Mueller has already filed.

I think the whole thing should be released, even the information not permitted by law. We have a right to see what Mueller was up to and to see his methods and sources. But I would not expect Mueller to be honest at all about sources. Ray McGovern asked him directly if he believed in the "parallel construction"; that is, evidence gathered illegally by NSA spying that is then "laundered" through legal sources in order to hide its real source. Mueller replied, "yes, absolutely." So we are likely to see a lot of parallel constructions and that will tell us nothing.

I think Mueller will implicate Trump in crimes that congress can follow. This seems to be what Nadler and Schiff want.

I really think Mueller is really cutting his losses and running before the Probe collapses. Rosenstein will be gone soon and Mueller will have no protection. McCabe has confessed publicly that a coup against Trump was the goal from the start. Mueller wants out so as not to be seen as a coup plotter.
+3 # chapdrum 2019-02-23 12:47
Barr must be quivering in his boots at the Democrats' demand. The same guy who acted as henchman for Bush Sr. Just quivering.
+1 # PeacefulGarden 2019-02-23 13:04
What a mess. If "justice" department makes it public or doesn't, it is a mess. What are the laws that would prevent it from being public is what is really messy.

I would ask my congressional representative to show me the laws concealing the data of the investigation. I would urge everyone on this list to prepare to call your congress person on the day of the release, because you know there is crap in this sucker that our red and blue monarchy does not want us, the public, to see.

Our president is a moron to allowing this to continue. Again, how revealing this moment is; that we do not live in a democracy, we live in a white-christian -militia state. They are going to cover up anything that undermines the white-christian -militia state.
0 # Texas Aggie 2019-02-23 21:30
One remembers the "summary" (aka "Cliff notes" version) that the Bush/Cheney regime published for Congress of the intelligence report on Saddam's WMD. When it was compared to the actual report, there was no semblance at all and they came to opposite conclusions. Barr was a member of the Cheney/Bush cabal and uses the same techniques.
0 # DongiC 2019-02-24 08:54
Sunlight is the best antiseptic. Let's have full exposure re Mueller's report. Unless, of course, the conclusions expressed there are too inflammatory. Then, hush them up and never let them see the light of day. For the good of Trump and the Republican Party. What if Obama were president and was being investigated by Mueller and the GOP controlled the House? What would the Republicans do if Mueller's report was not circulated? Does anyone sense a political earthquake in the making and, perhaps, a threat to civil disunion? What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Circulate the report and let the electorate decide. It's called democracy.