Democrats showed their hand early in the days following the release of the Mueller report to the Attorney General.
Well, now they have flipped their hole card and Dems have officially issued the previously approved subpoenas for the full, unredacted version of the report.
All Documentation Requested
Democrats don’t just want the unredacted version of the report, they want everything.
The subpoena states, “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 format.”
While Democrats claim to have already found a thread or two worth pulling, they believe the supporting documentation may actually give them enough ammo to seriously move forward with the impeachment of Trump.
Additionally, Democrats are now requesting Robert Mueller appear before Congressional committees to further explain the allegations made in the report.
This entire chain of dominoes was put in place by the mere fact Mueller refused to reach a conclusion in the case of obstruction.
By doing so, he punted the decision to not only the Attorney General but also to Congress.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who serves as the House Judiciary Chair, stated, “My Committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice.
“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.”
As expected, Republicans pushed back on the subpoenas, accusing Nadler of being overzealous in his efforts to get his hands on the unredacted version of the report.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking GOP member, stated, “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 going on.”
Honestly, don’t expect the Justice Department to move very quickly to cooperate with Democrats.
For one, party leadership is already demanding Barr resign and have issued scathing criticism of his handling of the report on social media outlets as well as the mainstream media.
Secondly, and most importantly, Barr does not have to turn over some of the documentation Democrats are requesting, specifically the grand jury testimony.
This will surely end up in the courts and ultimately in front of the Supreme Court.
It would be nice to think that since no indictments came down on either obstruction or collusion and the report has been completed that this circus side show is over, but it is far from that.
Whether he wants it to or not, this is going to follow Trump for the remainder of his first term and well into his second term and beyond if he wins re-election.
Source: Fox News
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