House Dems vote to subpoena Mueller report

The House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) voted Wednesday to authorize a subpoena to compel the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hand the Mueller report over to Congress.

Passing by a margin of 24-17, the resolution authorizes subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report, as well as its underlying evidence.

Attorney General William Barr did not comply with an April 2 deadline set by Nadler, who has criticized the four-page summary of conclusions on what is believed to be a nearly 400-page report.

Barr and Mueller are currently working to redact sensitive information ahead of the report’s full public release, which Barr should be ready by mid-April or sooner, according to comments made by Barr to lawmakers last week.

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Friday, Barr wrote that the public version of the report would be scrubbed of sensitive national security information that could compromise sources and methods; grand jury material; information that could impact ongoing investigations; and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.” –The Hill

A redacted report in two weeks isn’t enough for House Democrats, who have demanded the immediate release of Mueller’s report – with no redactions.

Nadler was singing a different tune in 1998 when the Clinton report was finished, however – advocating for redactions “as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights.”