The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is vowing to sue for the full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and subpoena Mueller himself to testify before Congress.
“Well, we will obviously subpoena the report, we will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress, we will take it to court if necessary – and in the end, I think the department understands they’re going to have to make this public,” Rep. Schiff told ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.
Schiff added a promise to hold nothing back, incluing suing the Trump administration or the Justice Department for full disclosure.
“We are going to get to the bottom of this,” Schiff vowed to Stephanopoulos. “We are going to share this information with the public, and if the president is serious about all of his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report.”
Attorney General William Barr had told the Senate in his confirmation hearings he would abide by the regulations of the Justice Department’s mandate on special counsels to determine what may or may not be released from the Mueller report.
But nothing short of everything will satisfy Schiff, he told ABC.
“I think Barr will ultimately understand that as well,” Schiff said. “Barr comes into this job with two strikes against him. He applied for the job by demonstrating a bias against the Mueller investigation. Indeed that’s part of the reason he was hired. He’s also not been willing to commit to following the advice of the ethics lawyers. Indeed, that was part of the reason he was hired.
“If he were to try to withhold, to try to bury any part of this report, that will be his legacy and it will be a tarnished legacy. So, I think there’ll be immense pressure not only on the department, but on the attorney general to be forthcoming.”
If the report cannot find criminality of the president, and impeachment is the only vehicle to respond, then Mueller’s evidentiary findings have to be made public, according to Schiff.
“He does have a responsibility to report it; and, in fact, if you take the position – and I think it’s a flawed one – but if you take the position that the president cannot be indicted, and the only remedy for improper, illegal or other conduct is impeachment, then you cannot withhold that information from Congress, or essentially the president has immunity,” Schiff said. “So that cannot be allowed to be the case.
“. . . We’re going to insist on it becoming public. And more than that, George, we’re going to insist on the underlying evidence because there is certain evidence that is only in the hands of the Department of Justice that we can’t get any other way. There were searches conducted, for example, of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. There’s no other way to get the information that was seized except through the department, and we can’t tell the country fully what happened without it.”
Regardless of the upcoming findings of the Mueller report, Schiff is already convinced of collusion with the Trump campaign and Russia – something President Donald Trump has repeated and vehemently denied.
“George, there’s ample evidence of collusion of the campaign,” Schiff contended. “And it’s very much in the public record, and it’s everything from what we have seen recently about Paul Manafort meeting with someone linked to Russian intelligence and sharing polling data – and not top line data, not this is why we think Trump is going to win data, but raw data, complicated data.
“We’ve seen evidence of Roger Stone in communication with WikiLeaks. We’ve seen the president’s son having a secret meeting at Trump Tower that was presented to him as part of the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign, his acceptance of that help, his interest in getting that.
“All of this is evidence of collusion and there’s much, much more.
“Whether that will amount to a criminal conspiracy that can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, we’ll have to wait for Bob Mueller to tell us. But to not see what is plainly in front of us means you basically don’t want to see the evidence of collusion, because it is quite abundant.”
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