House Judiciary Committee Issues Subpoena For Unredacted Mueller Report

Mueller's job as special counsel was at risk several times as Trump sought to have him dismissed

Special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington, March 24, 2019.

As Mueller concluded, "The President's efforts to influence the investigation [and thus create potential legal headaches] were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests". When the lawyer wouldn't do it, Trump asked others to have Mueller fired. This is the end of my presidency.

With that, Trump set out to save himself. He told then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that the president had asked him to "do insane s--". And Barr insisted that Trump's actions to impede the probe were more acceptable because Trump was "frustrated and angered by a honest belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fuelled by illegal leaks". According to the Mueller report, the president tried to persuade his counsel to deny the allegations.

Mueller's report focuses on the pattern of behavior around the Russian Federation investigation, in which Trump repeatedly tried to use his power as president to interfere, and kept demanding that reluctant White House employees lie and obstruct on his behalf. In the most fevered version, Trump is an agent of Vladimir Putin in the White House.

That many of Mueller's findings were not shocking was only because media outlets had correctly reported them before. "Congress will not be silent", she wrote.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said his reading of the report shows that Trump "almost certainly obstructed justice" and it was only his staff that intervened to prevent certain actions.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler issued a subpoena to Attorney General William Barr Friday, asking for special counsel Robert Mueller's full unredacted report.

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The tome runs to more than 400 pages. Barr had said that he would redact grand jury information and material related to investigations, privacy and intelligence. He also found no evidence that Trump directed a change in the Republican Party platform at the 2016 convention on arming Ukraine to make it more favorable to Russian Federation. Since Barr's letter was released, observers have puzzled over why Mueller would "punt" on the key legal question of obstruction. "I'm fucked, '" the report said.

The next phase of the duel appears likely to take place before a judge.

Mueller evaluated 10 episodes for possible obstruction of justice and said he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction. But that didn't stop Trump from taking a public victory lap, declaring at a White House event that he was having "a good day".

"This should never happen to another president again, this hoax, it should never happen to another president again", he said.

The report laid out some of Mueller's reasoning for drawing no conclusion on the question of obstruction. The perfidies Mueller uncovered go on and on and will consume Washington for months.

Now that a redacted Mueller report has finally gone public, the next stage in the fight over the president's dodgy and quite possibly criminal behavior moves to Congress and maybe the courts.

"Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power", said Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. The anticipatory fury over redactions was abated somewhat when the report came out: a lot of them were in sections of the report involving illegal activities by Russian nationals that did not appear to involve Trump campaign figures, and there were few redactions in the long passages on obstruction of justice.

Tweeting Friday from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump dubbed the more than 400-page document the "Crazy Mueller Report". He also said he had no recollection of knowledge about emails setting up the meeting that promised dirt on Clinton's Democratic campaign. Trump's closest adviser on immigration, the justly notorious Stephen Miller, has also reportedly been calling federal agencies to demand the illegal blocking of immigrants at the border.

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