DOJ: Nadler's Subpoena for Full Mueller Report 'Premature and Unnecessary'
House Judiciary Chairman slammed for push for unredacted of report
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler's subpoena for an unredacted version of the special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been called 'premature' and 'unnecessary' by the Department of Justice on Friday.
DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement that the Mueller report provided by Attorney General Bill Barr had “minimal redactions” and, “in the interest of transparency.”
It also added that the department had provided Nadler and other members of Congress with a report that had “even fewer redactions.”
“In light of this, Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary. The Department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests,” Kupec continued.
Nadler (D-N.Y.) told “Good Morning America" that the full report is important 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.
This morning, @HouseJudiciary has issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice for the full the Mueller report and the underlying materials. DOJ is required to comply with that subpoena by May 1. pic.twitter.com/nzu9O5CC36— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 19, 2019
It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/Mmo6PA4KPt— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2019
“My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Nadler’s statement read.
“The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the special counsel developed to make this case.”
According to Fox News: Before the release of the long-awaited report, Nadler also requested that Mueller himself provide testimony “as soon as possible” before his committee to explain his findings in the nearly 400-page report.
“It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings.”
While there was no immediate response from Mueller, Barr said at a press conference before Nadler’s request that he would be open to providing testimony on the report.