One day after it was announced that the Department of Justice would release some of the documents that were requested by the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Jerald Nadler, the White House announced that would review the documents before they are released, according to The Daily Beast.
The documents in question were those that hold the supporting evidence behind former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and were requested by Nadler and his committee in order to ascertain whether President Donald Trump or those on his 2016 campaign attempted to obstruct justice.
“…the Trump White House will work with the Justice Department to decide what exactly the committee gets to see, two senior administration,” according to a report by officials to The Daily Beast. “And, so far, the White House has not waived executive privilege regarding any of Mueller’s materials, the two officials said.”
Previously, Nadler said that the documents the DOJ has agreed to release to them would allow his panel to perform their “constitutional duties,” and that it would “’hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance.”
“We have agreed to allow the Department time to demonstrate compliance with this agreement,” Nadler said, according to the DailyMail. “If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps.”
“If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies. It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs, ensuring no one is above the law and bringing the American public the transparency they deserve,” he added.
“The Department will share the first of these documents with us later today,’ Nadler said in a statement. “All members of the Judiciary Committee – Democrats and Republicans alike – will be able to view them,” he said. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel,” he added.