Justice Department Reaches Deal With Judiciary Democrats for Mueller Documents

Larry Hoffman
June 11, 2019

"We have agreed to allow the Department time to demonstrate compliance with this agreement", Nadler said in a statement.

"Given our conversations with the Department, I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now", said Nadler.

The House is still set to vote Tuesday on a resolution allowing committee chairs to go to court, relying on the House general counsel's office, to enforce subpoenas - after the White House has instructed numerous current and former officials not to comply with them.

"The Department of Justice remains committed to appropriately accommodating Congress's legitimate interests related to the Special Counsel's Investigation and will continue to do so provided the previously voted-upon resolution does not advance", DOJ Spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.

It appears the agreement will reach beyond the redacted sections of the Mueller report that have been a source of so much contention and include background materials such as witness interviews and White House documents cited in the report.

While the full scope of the documents the Department of Justice plans to turn over is not yet known, the Committee believes that obtaining the documents could be a turning point in the Committee's investigation into whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice, according to The New York Times.

Mueller's report found Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election and that Trump's election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

"So far Jerry Nadler hasn't had a lot of success", he claimed about the Judiciary Committee chairman, adding that Democrats want to "discredit" Barr before he releases findings on the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia probe in 2016.

"We should never proceed with impeachment for political reasons, " Cicilline, D-R.I., said on "Fox News Sunday". On the one hand, the administration may simply be executing a brief tactical retreat in its general strategy of stonewalling the House.

Nadler issued a subpoena for the full report shortly after Barr released the report in April.

Democrats are trying to draw attention to allegations that Trump sought to obstruct a federal investigation, and they want to highlight his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. "And I think the American people are getting increasingly educated and engaged about the lawlessness of the president". Trump has made that assertion repeatedly, echoing Barr's judgment that there was not enough evidence in the report to support a criminal obstruction charge. Trump argued Democrats' hearings amount to an effort to "do-over" the Mueller report. But the report details multiple contacts between the two.

Nadler said that both his fellow Democrats and Republicans would be given access to the documents, which he would begin sharing with committee members this evening.

Republicans are poised to defend the president at the hearings and challenge Democrats on the decision not to open impeachment hearings.

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