Contention Continues Over Mueller Report 📃
Last month, the House of Representatives pledged to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with a subpoena for the entire unredacted Mueller report. On Monday, however, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) struck a deal with the Justice Department for the House Judiciary Committee to view some of the evidence behind the Special Counsel’s report.
The House's vote
After Nadler’s announcement of his agreement with the DOJ, the White House revealed the possibility of using executive privilege to determine which evidence Nadler will receive. However, Democrats seeking the full report may have moreleverage; on Tuesday, the House voted in support of a measure allowing the Judiciary Committee to take Attorney General Barr to federal court in an attempt at accessing the unredacted Mueller report.
While Nadler’s initial announcement may have appeared as a victory for Democrats, many on the right were quick to point out that access to underlying evidence would be heavily monitored. The White House’s intention to oversee access to such documents is seen as the right’s ability to maintain control.
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Progress made on Monday and Tuesday in the House has been hailed as a victory for the left. After Rep. Nadler’s deal was struck Monday, the left expressed wariness over the scope of access into evidence. This skepticism may have led into Tuesday’s 229-191 vote, which Democrats see as a “clear path forward” for gaining a holistic view of the Mueller report.
Where's the common ground?
While the right and left concede that the report does not absolve President Trump, both sides continue to be at odds over access to the report. Whatever the outcome, the Mueller report materials (however unredacted or not) will be available to both House Republicans and Democrats, equally distributed for analysis.
A lot to analyze here:
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