Justice Department Agrees To Turn Over 'Most Important' Mueller Evidence To House

Saul Bowman
June 11, 2019

Monday's hearing, convened by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is billed as: "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes".

On Tuesday, the House has scheduled the vote to authorize civil contempt cases against Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn for failing to comply with subpoenas from the Democratic-controlled House.

Continued Nadler: "If the department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps". The special counsel did not find any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation but did not come to a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

President Trump called Nixon's White House Counsel John Dean a "sleazebag" in a tweet Sunday. Nadler said he would "hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now" due to the cooperation from the DOJ. 'In light of today's agreement from the Justice Department, it's logical to ask: Is the chairman prepared to rescind his baseless recommendation to hold the attorney general in contempt, or do House Democrats still plan to green light lawsuits against the attorney general and former White House counsel tomorrow?'

Nadler's comments come more than a week after Robert Mueller held a press conference at the Department of Justice; refusing to testify before his committee.

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. What we don't know yet is how much information Democrats will actually obtain through the kind of disclosures the Justice Department is now making.

Barr had defied a subpoena to provide an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with underlying evidence. But Mueller declined to make a judgment on whether President Trump obstructed justice, though the report outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to impede the investigation.

'If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies.

Tuesday's vote is still happening and the text of the resolution will not change, according to a senior Democratic aide, but Nadler said the committee would not take court action against Barr unless the Justice Department stopped cooperating. Mueller's report noted that the investigation was looking into "criminal conspiracy as defined in federal law, not the commonly discussed term 'collusion'".

The contempt vote has been cancelled, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The agreement indicates that the Trump administration is not stonewalling Congress, the committee's top Republican, Representative Doug Collins, said.

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