Schiff Says Dems Will Subpoena Mueller If AG Barr Doesn’t Make Final Russia Report Public
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has a stark warning for newly-minted Attorney General William Barr: the final report issued by special counsel Robert Mueller will be made public, one way or another.
The pressure is certainly on Barr to make a decision on the matter. As the attorney general of the United States, Barr technically has the final say on how much of the Russia investigation report, which includes Mueller looking into possible collusion from the 2016 Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump himself, can be seen by the American public.
Yet if Barr decides to act in a way that hides the report, he risks those documents being subpoenaed by committees in Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) said on Sunday.
“We will obviously subpoena the report,” Schiff told “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, according to reporting from ABC News. “We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary.”
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Schiff added that, because Democrats will get the documents one way or another — either through Barr voluntarily making the report public, or Congressional leaders compelling Mueller to do so through subpoena order — it behooves Barr to simply do it himself.
“In the end, I think the [Justice] Department understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think [Attorney General William] Barr will ultimately understand that as well,” Schiff explained.
Schiff’s comments come after he and five other committee chairs sent Barr a letter this past week urging the attorney general to make that choice.
“After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found,” the letter from the six House Committee chairs read, according to the Washington Post.
The letter made clear what the chairs wanted to see happen.
“[O]ur expectation that the Department of Justice will release to the public the report Special Counsel Mueller submits to you — without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law,” it added.