House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff has subpoenaed AG Barr for all documents and evidence related to the Mueller report.
Adam Schiff subpoenas all Mueller documents from Barr
Rep. Schiff said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
For the last month and a half, the Committee has engaged the Department of Justice in a good faith effort to reach an accommodation of our requests for all of the foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information related to the Special Counsel’s investigation, and the Mueller report and its underlying materials. The Department has repeatedly failed to respond, refused to schedule any testimony, and provided no documents responsive to our legitimate and duly authorized oversight activities.
As both the Special Counsel and the Department of Justice have recognized, the Congress has a vital constitutional role in evaluating misconduct by the Executive Branch, including the President, and to assess and refine laws that address the ‘sweeping and systematic’ invasion of our democracy by Russia. We therefore need these materials in order to do our job. The Department’s stonewalling is simply unacceptable.
The Department repeatedly pays lip service to the importance of a meaningful accommodation process, but it has only responded to our efforts with silence or outright defiance. Today, we have no choice but to issue a subpoena to compel their compliance. If the Department continues to ignore or rejects our requests, we will enforce our request in Congress and, if necessary, the courts.
The law is on our side. The Committee’s efforts to obtain necessary documents to do our constitutionally-mandated oversight work will not be obstructed.
On the same day that Barr was held in contempt by the House Judiciary Committee, Adam Schiff has pounced and subpoenaed the attorney general for all documents related to the Mueller investigation. Schiff is specifically interested in Mueller’s evidence on Trump’s relationship with Russia. There are national security and intelligence elements to Mueller’s investigation that Rep. Schiff believes his committee is entitled to.
Barr is going to ignore the subpoena. Schiff will have to sue, and he will win in court. House Democrats are using all of the tools in their disposal to build a case so that a judge will force the Trump administration to turn over the evidence that they are clearly trying to hide.
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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