Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, viewed the less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Monday, saying there is no reason for Democrats not to do the same, the Washington Examiner reported.
Select Democrats allowed to see the less-redacted report have refused to do so in protest of how Attorney General William Barr has handled its release.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued a subpoena last week for the full report and its underlying documents, giving the Justice Department until May 1 to turn over the information.
“With the special counsel’s investigation complete, I encourage Chairman Nadler and Democrat leaders to view this material as soon as possible – unless they’re afraid to acknowledge the facts this report outlines,” Collins said, adding that “The report’s 182-page look at obstruction questions includes only four redactions in total, and both volumes reinforce the principal conclusions made public last month.”
Collins also criticized Nadler for making “wildly inaccurate claims” about the report by saying Mueller “made it very clear” he wants Congress to reach a determination on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, according to The Washington Times.
Collins said that isn’t true, emphasizing that a “plain reading of the report does not at all indicate – let alone make ‘very clear,’ as you claim – the Special Counsel intended for Congress to decide whether President Trump obstructed justice. In fact, it is the exact opposite.”
The Democrats who declined the Justice Department’s invitation wrote last week in a letter to Barr that “Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation — which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other committee members — is not acceptable.”
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