Jerry Nadler says William Barr will testify on Mueller report
Top Democrats said Sunday they’ll do what it takes to draw every detail from the Russia probe out of Attorney General William Barr, after a Justice Department letter outlining special counsel Robert Mueller’s report left them wanting more.
They said they will begin by hauling Mr. Barr before Congress.
“We will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before [the House Judiciary Committee] in the near future,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Twitter.
Mr. Barr delivered a summary of Mr. Mueller’s findings to Congress on Sunday that found no collusion between President Trump’s team and Russian meddlers in the 2016 campaign.
Mr. Mueller did not recommend prosecution for obstruction of justice but left the decision up to Mr. Barr, who said he doesn’t see enough evidence of a crime to pursue charges.
Mr. Nadler highlighted that last part, saying he was concerned about “discrepancies” and “final decision making at the Justice Department following the special counsel report,” signaling it will be a key line of inquiry for his committee.
Democrats say they have no choice but to demand more information, citing the Justice Department policy that says a sitting president cannot be indicted. That means it’s up to Congress to decide whether any punishment is warranted, they argued in the hours before the report’s release.
“I think that certainly is a possibility,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told CBS’s Face the Nation. “But let’s take the first step in terms of the full disclosure of the report and the underlying documentation.”
Mr. Jeffries said he understands that sources and methods must be protected. But beyond that, he wants all of Mr. Mueller’s materials.
“We don’t want to see simply crib notes, we don’t want to see an outline, we don’t want to see an executive summary,” he said. “We need to see everything so that the American people can draw conclusions on their own.”
Republicans, meanwhile, said the report vindicated Mr. Trump on the core question collusion so Democrats should give it a rest.
“It’s time for Democrats in Congress to embrace the truth, as Robert Mueller has concluded after two years and tens of millions of dollars, that there was no collusion with Russia and look into how the FBI concocted a multi-million dollar investigation largely based on an unverified dossier of fake intelligence,” said Rep. Brian Mast, Florida Republican.