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GOP Rep Says Nadler Subpoena Asks DOJ to Break the Law

GOP Rep Says Nadler Subpoena Asks DOJ to Break the Law

“That would be plainly against the law to share.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, issued a subpoena Friday for the full version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Nadler set the stage for the subpoena earlier this month when the Committee voted to give itself the authority to compel the Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr to turn over Mueller’s report after Barr said he would release a redacted version.

But some critics say Nadler’s actions could constitute a violation of the law, including Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who issued a statement accusing Nadler of “rushing to subpoena material” and disregarding “good faith transparency without even taking the department up on its offer to review material under the redactions.”

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“Today’s subpoena is wildly overbroad,” Collins said. “It commands the department to provide Congress with millions of records that would be plainly against the law to share because the vast majority of these documents came as a result of nearly 2,800 subpoenas from a grand jury that is still ongoing.”

For his part, Nadler insisted the House Judiciary was entitled to view the full report.

“My Committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Nadler said in a statement. “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. Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by President Trump and some of his closest associates. It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of the alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward.”

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Nadler said the Justice Department will have until May 1 to comply with the subpoena, which calls for the release of as much unredacted information as possible.

“This includes, but is not limited to, all summaries, exhibits, indices, tables of contents or other tables or figures, appendices, supplements, addenda or any other attachments whether written or attached in a separate electronic format,” the subpoena says.

Since Barr released his summary of the Mueller report concluding the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, Democrats have been calling for a release of the full report. Barr promised to release a redacted version of the report that was in compliance with federal law, but Democrats have indicated they will only accept a fully unredacted version.

Based on the redacted version alone, some Democrats have already called for impeachment proceedings against Trump. Other Democrats have cautioned against such rhetoric, instead claiming the full report is needed so Congress can know which steps to take moving forward.

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Cover image: Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. (Screen grab)

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