Democrats are planning a legal battle to obtain an unredacted version of special counsel Bob Mueller’s final report and want him to testify before Congress.
The House Judiciary Committee plans to issue a subpoena for the unredacted version of the report, The Washington Post reports. A redacted version of the report was released Thursday.
“Obviously we will use the subpoena power to the full extent of the law,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.
The committee has already authorized the subpoena but Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he would wait for the redacted version to be released to issue it.
“It should be up to a judge—not the President or his political appointee—to decide whether or not it is appropriate for the committee to review the complete record,” he said earlier this month.
Pelosi, Schumer call on Mueller to testify:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Mueller to testify publicly in front of the House and Senate.
“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” they said in a joint statement.
“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” the statement added. “The American people deserve to hear the truth.”
Partially unredacted report available to some lawmakers:
Barr said at his news conference Thursday that the DOJ redacted material related to the grand jury investigation and material that would reveal sources, related to ongoing investigations, and material that concerns unindicted third parties.
Barr said that the DOJ would “accommodatCongressss” to address their “legitimate” concerns about the report.
Barr said the DOJ would provide a small bipartisan group of lawmakers "a version of the report with all redactions removed, except for grand jury material."