Top House Democrats say Barr doesn't deserve benefit of doubt

Top House Democrats say Barr doesn't deserve benefit of doubt

"In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future", tweeted the House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.

The 24-17 vote along party lines - with Democrats in favor and President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans opposed - authorized the panel's chairman, Jerrold Nadler, to subpoena Mueller's material.

The five former Trump advisers who could receive subpoenas are strategist Steve Bannon, communications director Hope Hicks, chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House counsel Donald McGahn and counsel Ann Donaldson.

To many congressional Democrats, Barr's summary of the report is not sufficient, and they have demanded that Barr make the full report public and provide the special counsel's evidence to Congress.

"There is plenty of evidence of collusion and corrupt co-mingling of work between the Trump campaign and the Russians", Schiff said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday.

In the letter last week, Barr said he is scrubbing the report to avoid disclosing any grand jury information or classified material, in addition to portions of the report that pertain to ongoing investigations or that "would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".

Barr, who in the past has taken an expansive view on presidential power, could also choose to take out all information that could be considered privileged and leave up to Trump whether he wants to lift the redactions after the report is public.

The committee met to consider the subpoena resolution after Nadler and five other Democratic House oversight committee chairs wrote to Barr, giving him one last chance to produce an unredacted Mueller report.

Nadler said Democrats are asking that the "entire Mueller report and all the underlying documentations be given to Congress". "And it's disingenuous", Collins said.

Cunningham (who reported to Giuliani as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York) opens his Politico piece by saying that "for public release of the Mueller report", Barr "has no choice but to redact classified information" and that doing so is "not optional-it's the law, created to protect both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and our nation's security". Still, he has criticized Democrats for seeking the unredacted information.

The President unloaded on Rep. Schiff Tuesday over his baseless allegations of collusion between senior Trump aides and the Kremlin; saying there "was no amount" of testimony or documents that would satisfy "Shifty Schiff".

Barr says that he intends to release as much as possible from the report. In the letter, Barr quoted Mueller as saying the report did not establish that Trump's campaign or associates had conspired with Russian Federation. Mueller submitted his report March 22.

Barr told Congress that, on the question of collusion, the report "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

But on the second question Mueller investigated - whether the President or his campaign tried to "obstruct justice" and interfere with the investigation - the Attorney General said Mueller "did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other".

Mr Barr himself went further than Mr Mueller in his summary letter, declaring that Mr Mueller's evidence was insufficient to prove in court that Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice to hamper the probe.

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