Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, promised on Sunday to make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report public. He made this vow even if it means forcing the special counsel to testify about his findings before his committee.
“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff (D-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week.”\
This information from Schiff comes in the midst of other Democratic leaders raising concerns that the newly placed Attorney General, William Barr, may conceal some of the findings in Mueller’s almost two-year investigation.
“If he (Barr) were try to withhold, to try to bury any part of this report, that will be his legacy and it will be a tarnished legacy,” Schiff added. “So I think there’ll be immense pressure not only on the department, but on the attorney general to be forthcoming.”
Five other House committee chairs, along with Schiff, sent Barr a letter on Friday demanding that he make the report public “without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
The Democratic leaders, who lead committees that are looking into Trump’s finances and his ties to Russia, also want Barr to submit to Congress any confidential aspects of the Mueller report that were deemed too sensitive for the public.
Since the Justice Department’s position is that a sitting president cannot be indicted, the committee chairs said: “Congress could be the only institution currently situated to act on evidence of the president’s misconduct.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, also promised on Sunday to pass legislation that would mandate the Mueller report be made public.
His committee wants to see the Mueller findings before deciding whether to take up impeachment. Meanwhile, Nadler’s committee will hold hearings on Trump’s abuse of power and interference with justice.
“I view this president and his conduct as the greatest threat to the democratic system and to the constitutional government since the Civil War,” Nadler told a local news radio outlet.
Credit: NY Post