When asked about the Mueller report and the “RussiaGate” scandal that spawned it, Donald Trump this week said “it’s done”.
The President and his team have been trumpeting this sentiment from on high for weeks now, even as Congress continues to thrust and twill in the turgid waters of “obstruction”.
At the heart of the issue, for some, is that Mueller report itself, which was heavily redacted after a scrubbing from the Department of Justice. According to Attorney General Bill Barr, these reductions were necessary and, in some cases, required by law.
That hasn’t stopped democratic leaders from repeatedly demanding a copy of the full, un-redacted report.
Now, in what is being considered the final attempt to “ask nicely”, the DOJ has been given a new deadline to produce the document.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Friday offered Attorney General William Barr a last chance to hand over the full version of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report, before moving to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.
In a letter to the attorney general, Nadler set a 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) Monday deadline for Barr to comply with a subpoena demanding the unredacted document and underlying evidence from the Mueller probe. He also offered to negotiate further to gain the Justice Department’s cooperation, but made clear what would be at stake if Barr refused.
“If the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse,” the New York Democrat wrote.
As of this writing, the DOJ has yet to formally or publicly respond to the request.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.