Americans ‘entitled to know’ underlying evidence in Mueller investigation: Top Dem
Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said that the American people and Congress “are entitled to know” the underlying evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“The Justice Department has made clear in the last few weeks that it may hide from the American people the conclusions of the Mueller investigation,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said on “This Week” Sunday. “We will fight to make that public.
Mueller has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign may have coordinated efforts with Russian operatives.
In an interview a week prior on “This Week”, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said his committee would subpoena Mueller’s final report and even call him to testify before the committee if the report was not made public. Schiff also said that he was “absolutely” prepared to sue the Trump administration, if necessary.
On “This Week” Sunday, Nadler said that the Department of Justice has said that “the normal policy that you don’t comment on the conduct of people who are not indicted will prevail.
“And that should normally prevail, but not when you say the president cannot be indicted because he’s the president, that turns it into a cover up.”
In the February interview on “This Week,” Schiff argued that the department has “violated that policy” over the last two years, and said it established a new precedent when it “turned over thousands and thousands of pages of discovery in the Clinton email investigation, and there was no indictment in that investigation.”
The House Intelligence Committee chairman added that in addition to that precedent, the “intense public need to know,” with regard to Mueller’s findings, “overrides any other consideration.”
“We do want the underlying evidence, I mean people are entitled to know it,” Nadler said Sunday, echoing Schiff’s stance. “And Congress is entitled to know it because it’s our job to hold the president accountable.”
Nadler said that if the Justice Department doesn’t release the “evidence of [Trump’s] crimes, if any, to the public,” the department is saying that “the president cannot be held accountable.”
“So you’ll sue in that case?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“We will subpoena, we will — we will do whatever we have to do,” Nadler said.
Stephanopoulos also asked what Nadler would do if Mueller finished his investigation and said he found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“Is that a conclusion you’ll accept?” he asked.
“Well, we’d want to see the evidence behind that and see the validity of that, and we can agree to disagree,” the House Judiciary Committee chairman said. “But this investigation goes far beyond collusion.”
Pointing to other investigations the Democratic House may undertake, Nadler said, “We’ve seen attacks on the freedom of the press … we’ve seen attacks on the Department of Justice, attacks on the FBI, attacks on — on judges. All of these are very corrosive to liberty and to the proper functioning of government.
“All this has to be looked at and the facts laid out to the American people.”
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