Nadler leads charge to subpoena for full, unredacted Mueller report, demand docs from Trump aides

House Democrats are continuing to ignore the needs of their constituents as they move ahead in their mission to take down President Donald Trump.

Under House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s lead, first steps are being taken to authorize subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report as well as documents from five former Trump associates as Democrats position themselves for upcoming legal confrontations, Bloomberg reported.

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“Congress requires the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence,” Nadler said in a statement Monday. “Attorney General Barr has thus far indicated he will not meet the April 2 deadline set by myself and five other Committee chairs, and refused to work with us to provide the full report, without redactions, to Congress. The Attorney General should reconsider so that we can work together to ensure the maximum transparency of this important report to both Congress and the American people.”

Never mind that Mueller concluded his report, with no further indictments and Attorney General William Barr summarized that the investigation did not find any evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia in the 2016 election. In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, Barr indicated that the Justice Department will release the special counsel’s report on the Russia investigation to Congress by “mid-April, if not sooner.”

But Nadler and the Judiciary Committee are forging ahead,  planning to subpoena documents from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former communications director Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House aide Ann Donaldson who, the committee contends, may have documents related to Mueller’s probe which would prevent them from blocking requests by citing executive privilege or other claims.

“Several weeks ago, I sent document requests to 81 individuals and entities as part of the House Judiciary Committee investigation into abuse of power, corruption and obstruction of justice by the President,” Nadler said in the statement. “Regrettably, not everyone has chosen to voluntarily cooperate with the Committee at this time. I am particularly concerned about reports that documents relevant to the Special Counsel investigation were sent outside the White House, waiving applicable privileges.

“To this end, I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue subpoenas, if necessary, to compel the production of documents and testimony,” the New York Democrat said.

Nadler’s demand for the unredacted 400 page report and all of the source materials is a glaring example of Democrats’ hypocrisy as he clearly had a different view when the president was a Democrat. As a member of the  House Judiciary Committee back in 1998, Nadler opposed the release of independent counsel Ken Starr’s report on the investigation of then-President Bill Clinton, declaring that “as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all.”

Trump accurately slammed the “crazed Democrats” in a tweet on Monday.

As Mueller’s report apparently didn’t give the left the bombshells they were looking for in the coup against Trump, the next focus seems to be to discredit Barr and his release of the report with redactions made as the law provides. Last month, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posited that Democrats “are going to impeach the president for being Donald Trump. And they don’t care about the evidence.”

No sooner had Mueller concluded his report and Barr released a summary letter than Nadler was calling for more investigations – into the investigation.

“It’s unfortunate that a body meant to uphold the law has grown so desperate that it’s patently misrepresenting the law, even as the attorney general has already demonstrated transparency above and beyond what is required,” Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.

The Democrat majority has “escalated from setting arbitrary deadlines to demanding unredacted material that Congress does not, in truth, require and that the law does not allow to be shared outside the Justice Department,” he said.

But Democrats gunning for Trump, as Nadler has demonstrated, seem hell-bent on continuing the pursuit of their collusion canard instead of serving the constituents who voted them into office.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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