Calls for a Wide Release of the Mueller Report Intensify
Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein insisted that full details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running Russia probe be provided to Congress and the public by new Attorney General William Barr, as the special counsel is expected to submit his final report within days.
“Regulations governing Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation do not prohibit Attorney General Barr from disclosing Mueller’s final report and investigative materials to Congress, and I repeat my call for the attorney general to provide the report unedited once it has been provided to him," Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Friday.
“Congress has a clear interest in obtaining the special counsel’s full report, supporting materials and all the facts and evidence surrounding the numerous investigations into President Trump, his associates and his campaign,” she said.
Barr has said he might send his own summary of the findings to Congress, rather than Mueller’s actual report. He’s suggested that might not include references to President Donald Trump.
At his confirmation hearing, Barr cited the Justice Department’s policies that a president can’t be indicted while in office -- and that prosecutors shouldn’t comment on people who aren’t indicted.
“If you’re not going to indict someone, then you don’t stand up there and unload negative information about the person,” Barr told the Senate Judiciary panel.
But Feinstein noted the Justice Department provided investigative materials to Congress in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. “The attorney general cannot take the position that it will only produce material to Congress when requested by Republicans,” she wrote.
Other Democrats have threatened to subpoena Mueller to testify unless his full report is made public.