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House Democrats Will Subpoena Mueller if Report Is Not Made Public, Schiff Says
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49561"><span class="small">Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:45

Sonmez writes: "Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that House Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before Congress if his report on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign is not made public."

Adam Schiff. (photo: Getty Images)
Adam Schiff. (photo: Getty Images)

House Democrats Will Subpoena Mueller if Report Is Not Made Public, Schiff Says

By Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post

24 February 19


ep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that House Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before Congress if his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is not made public.

Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC News’s “This Week” that Democrats will also subpoena Mueller’s report and are prepared to go to court against the Trump administration.

With Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation believed to be coming to an end, Democrats are seeking to ramp up pressure on Attorney General William P. Barr to release the full findings of the report — and setting down a marker for what course they will take if he doesn’t.

“Well, we will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff said. “And in the end, I think the Department [of Justice] understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think Barr will ultimately understand that, as well.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman and a Mueller spokesman declined to comment.

During his confirmation hearing last month, Barr said his goal would be to “provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.” His testimony prompted concern among Democrats that he could choose not to release any of the findings of Mueller’s team that have not already been made public through indictments.

Rumors swirled last week that the report could be delivered before the end of the month. But a senior Justice Department official said Friday that the report will not be coming this week.

Justice Department regulations call for Mueller’s report to be a confidential account of the individuals charged, as well as those who were not charged. Barr, who was confirmed earlier this month, will then summarize the work for Congress.

Schiff also took aim at Barr, saying that if the new attorney general withholds any part of the report, his legacy will be “tarnished.” Ultimately, the Democratic lawmaker added, President Trump should welcome the report’s release, given his repeated claims that there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.

“We are going to share this information with the public, and if the president is serious about all of his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report,” Schiff said.

Other Democrats echoed Schiff’s pledge to take action.

“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,” Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, described herself as “an advocate for a public report” but also said that lawmakers should be given any supporting information, including in a classified hearing if necessary.

Some have viewed Barr’s criticism of former FBI director James B. Comey during last month’s hearing as an indication of how he might handle the Mueller report. Barr argued that Comey was wrong to have announced during the 2016 campaign that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would not be charged for her use of a private email server.

“If you’re not going to indict someone, you don’t stand up there and unload negative information about the person,” Barr said at the time. His remarks stoked speculation that he might be inclined to keep secret all or part of the Mueller report, depending on its findings.

Opinions on whether Democrats would be able to successfully subpoena Mueller were split on Sunday.

In an appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, said it was “certainly possible” that Mueller would testify before Congress.

If Mueller ends up finding information that points to potential wrongdoing by the president, Barr not only has the discretion to turn the report over to Congress, “indeed, he has to,” said Katyal, who drafted the special counsel regulations.

“The overall intent of the regulations — it’s said time and time again — is public confidence in the administration of justice. And any sort of suppressed report about presidential wrongdoing will flunk that test,” he said.

On “Face the Nation,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) voiced uncertainty about whether Democrats could enforce a subpoena against Mueller.

“I don’t know that you can,” he told host Margaret Brennan.

Blunt also declined to say whether the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which he is a member, may pursue its own effort to have Mueller testify.

“I think we’ll have to wait and see what’s in the report,” he said.

Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, said the next three to four months are going to be “a real meat grinder” for the president because of the Mueller probe and the ongoing investigations into Trump’s inaugural committee and other organizations tied to him.

“The pressure on the president is coming from many different angles,” Bannon said on “Face the Nation.” Much of the Mueller report, he predicted, will focus on potential obstruction of justice, and the report’s reception will hinge on whether the public believes the president, as “chief law enforcement officer, has the right to make those decisions or not.”

If Trump asks Barr to let him read the report, that is “perfectly fine,” said Solomon Wisenberg, who was deputy independent counsel in the probe of President Bill Clinton.

But the problem will be if Trump orders Barr to take a certain action on the report, Wisenberg said on “Meet the Press.”

“I don’t think Barr will stand for that,” Wisenberg said.

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-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-24 15:53
I think Congress should subpoena Mueller in any case. He needs to be questioned about what he did for two years and why the whole conspiracy starting with MI6 and the CIA and leading up to the Steele Dossier was not investigated. Why did he limit himself to the target of the MI6/CIA sting operation. Was he part of the covert operation? Mueller has a lot to answer for. Why did he appoint only Hillary partisans to his investigative team? Why did he continue to receive material from Steele well into 2018?

Schiff is bluffing about subpoenaing the report. He knows it is mostly grand jury testimony and that will always remain secret. It may be he and a very few others are allowed to read it in a SCIF -- Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Adam Schiff in a SCIF. Now that is a good one.

Schiff or now maybe it is Adam Scif is just shucking and jiving, trying to gin up some interest in dead subject. But he should haul Mueller before the congress and let everyone have a go at him. Maybe the republicans will bring back Trey Goudy who has in the past cut Mueller to the bone. Mueller is just not very good at responding to questions. He just plays dumb.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-25 08:17
I think Mueller's report was released last Friday. It has been buried in court filings Mueller has made over the last several months in the cases against all of his targets. He's been building what Forbes magazine calls "a grand narrative." This is not part of the criminal charges, so Mueller won't have to prove a word of it. But this grand narrative is what Mueller thinks happened.

Here is how Forbes summarizes it:

"The filing revealed that Mueller’s Office is now investigating the hypothesis that Donald Trump, his campaign, his organization and his associates participated in a massive election fraud, through five interlocking conspiracies—ar guably the worst set of crimes against the United States in its history."

The Forbes article is a good overview of Mueller's worst case scenario. It is what the report will contain and congress will pick it up for impeachment. Schiff is just fanning the flames.

To me, the grand narrative is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, innuendos, biased interpretations and other forms of fraud. But it is what the FBI and DOJ do when they fabricate a case against their targets. We are very familiar with this sort of thing. The FISA application against Carter page was filled with the same BS. Mueller can never prove any of this, but he won't have to.

"Mueller Exposes Putin's Hold Over Trump"
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-02-25 11:46
"Bravo!", Dems in Congress! But,
beware the diversions this disgusting "president"
could still throw at us to distract us from seeing, and acting on,
this likely very-important Mueller Report! Some of those diversions
could prove fatal to many people!
+1 # DongiC 2019-02-26 03:32
Is there any doubt that the champion narcissistic president in American History, Donald Trump, will battle mightily the publication and distribution of the Mueller Report? Come on now, folks, this scumbag will do anything to defend his reputation, such as it is. The matter will be determined by the Supreme Court, mark my words. One need not be a prophet to make this prediction just a careful listener to the words of Sir Donald. Then, if SCOTUS goes against him, Trump will claim that they are biased and full of prejudice. It is, in fact, another witch hunt.