The Republican efforts to get Hillary Clinton when they controlled Congress has backfired and will hurt Trump‘s effort to bury the Mueller report.
Republicans will pay the price for their Clinton email investigation
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Republicans‘ efforts over the last two years to force the public release of elements of the Russia probe — as well as the investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s email server — had armed Democrats with an argument to require significant disclosure of the Mueller findings.
“Republicans have really shot themselves in the foot with what they approved,” Jayapal said. “They really undermined any argument Barr might want to make that there’s longstanding precedent.”
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made a similar argument on Friday night to Rachel Maddow, “In the last Congress, Rachel, the Justice Department provided over 880,000 pages of discovery of evidence to the Republican Congress in the answer to subpoenas that in an investigation that the Clinton e-mail investigation in which no one was indicted. Information about Hillary Clinton, about Bruce Orr and Andy Mccabe and Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. For the department to maintain they never provide information in cases that doesn’t result in an indictment is simply not true and 880,000 pages demonstrate that.”
Republicans screwed themselves when they went after Clinton‘s emails. The bogus Hillary Clinton email investigation is laying the groundwork for the DOJ to be forced to release the Meuller report. Because Republicans got the DOJ to release so much evidentiary material, it will be impossible for Barr to argue in court that the Mueller report must remain classified.
It is a bit of poetic justice that the House Republican abuse of power in the Clinton email investigation is about to come back to haunt them and provide the ammo needed to get the Mueller report released.
Republicans can thank Paul Ryan, Devin Nunes, and the rest of the Republican House when Mueller‘s report is made public, and voters get to see his findings about Trump.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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