House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted report compiled by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe of Russian election meddling.
Nadler said authorities would have until May 1 to comply with the subpoena.
It came one day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the 448-page report to Congress and the public.
“My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Nadler said Friday in a statement. “I am open to working with the department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark.”
Earlier Friday, Nadler said on “Good Morning America” that the subpoena would be forthcoming.
“We need the entire report – unredacted – and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions,” he said. “We will subpoena that entire report today …. Including the grand jury evidence.”
The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines earlier this month to authorize a subpoena for the full, unredacted Mueller report. Democrats have criticized Barr for not immediately releasing the report to Congress after the special counsel submitted it late last month, saying Barr’s decision fell far short of the typical disclosure given to lawmakers after special counsel investigations.
Barr said Thursday that he plans to provide a less redacted version of Mueller’s report to some congressional leaders in the coming weeks in an effort to address congressional requests for more transparency.
Mueller completed his investigation late last month, 22 months after he launched his probe at the direction of the Justice Department. The investigation was frequently lambasted by President Donald Trump as a “witch hunt” aimed at undermining his presidency.
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