Nadler: Mueller Report Subpoena 'Will Come in Next Couple of Hours'
House Judiciary Chairman to Subpoena underlying grand jury evidence and testimony
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced on Friday he will subpoena the Justice Department for an unredacted version of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Nadler said he would subpoena underlying grand jury evidence and testimony, “in the next few hours.”
Nadler (D-N.Y.) told “Good Morning America" that it is important his committee see the full report to make “informed decisions” on whether to pursue impeachment against President Donald Trump.
"We need the entire report unredacted and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions ... and we will subpoena that entire report today," Nadler said.
"That subpoena will come in the next couple of hours ... including [for] the grand jury evidence."
According to Politico: The congressman’s announcement that he plans to issue a subpoena for the unredacted report comes less than 24 hours after a redacted version of Mueller’s findings were made public.
Although the special counsel declined to bring charges on the issues of obstruction of justice or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the probe's findings painted a damning picture of the president's harried efforts to hinder Mueller's investigation.
Nadler is one of a select group of congressional leaders who will be allowed to view a less-redacted version of the report, though that version will not include grand jury evidence.
While the president and his allies have insisted Mueller’s report exonerates the president, Democrats have raged that Attorney General William Barr painted a far rosier picture for the president than what is laid out by the special counsel.
They have accused the attorney general of acting as a de facto defense attorney for the president, first with a four-page summary of the Mueller report release last month and again on Thursday with his press conference ahead of the report's public release.
Democrats have also taken issue with Barr’s conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice, arguing that Mueller's report indicates that the matter should be taken up by Congress.
"Because Barr misled the country, we have to hear from Barr, which we will on May 2. We have to hear from Mueller and ask him a lot of questions," Nadler said Friday.
"We have to hold hearings and hear from other people both on the question of obstruction of justice, whereas I said the special prosecutor invited Congress to look into that, not the attorney general."
"We have to look into all that."
"We need the entire report, unredacted, and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions."