With the Mueller report now completed and sent to the Department of Justice, speculation remains if any part of the report will ever see the light of day. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), on today’s Face The Nation, made it clear that he intends to feel the release of the full report, possibly taking it to the Supreme Court of the United States if necessary.
Nadler said that the House Judiciary Committee would, “try to negotiate and try everything else first but if we have to, yes, we will certainly issue subpoenas to get that information.”
In a follow-up question, he did make it clear that he was “absolutely” willing to take this all the way to the SCOTUS.
“It’s so crucial that the entire report and the evidence underlying it be released to the public,” said Nadler.
Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Nadler if he would take issue with the President getting to review the report first, “for any executive privilege issues.
“I certainly hope that does not happen, and I certainly do have a problem with that,” said Nadler. “This is an investigation of the White House, the president, and the people around him for alleged misconduct in various different ways, and for subverting the Constitution in various different ways.”
“As we know from the Nixon tapes case, which the supreme court decided 9-0, executive privilege cannot be used to shield wrongdoing,” added Nadler. “They certainly should not get an advance look at the report, the report should go public in its entirety, and see where the chips fall.
Mueller presented his report to the Department of Justice on Friday. The DOJ promised a summary to Congress as soon as this weekend. It has yet to do so.
View the exchanges below:
House Judiciary Chairman @RepJerryNadler says that Congress “absolutely” will take the demands to get the full Mueller report to the Supreme Court if necessary, adding he would issue a subpoena and would not wait months to begin the fight. #CNNSOTU https://t.co/nXNJoUoEox pic.twitter.com/qqBOAxufUa
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 24, 2019
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Trump’s Alleged ‘Checkup’ at Walter Reed Was ‘Non-Routine and Scheduled Last Minute’: Report
President Donald Trump’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow “routine” protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.
A source familiar with Trump’s visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to that source.
During normal circumstances, medical center staff would have received instructions about a “VIP” visit ahead of time.
“That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was a non-routine visit and scheduled last minute,” Diamond reported.
A second source also told CNN that the trip to Walter Reed was “abnormal.”
The White House is on record insisting that the visit was part of the president’s annual “routine” physical exam.
White House Tosses Attorneys Under the Bus – Claims NSC Lawyers Ordered Ukraine Transcript Moved to Secret Server
The Trump White House is blaming attorneys for one of the most disturbing charges in a whistleblower accusation. The unnamed intelligence official who filed the damning complaint against President Donald Trump has charged that the actual transcript of Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine was moved, in what looks like a cover up, to a “computer system” reserved for highly classified national security documents and data.
Calling the charge “one of the more explosive claims,” CNN reports the White House is acknowledging the transcript was moved, but is claiming “National Security Council lawyers directed that the classified document be handled appropriately.”
That statement makes several curious assertions.
First, it alleges the transcript was “classified.” It does not state what level of classification, or why it was even determined to have been “classified.”
It also does not explain what “handled appropriately” means. All government documents should be “handled appropriately,” so this looks like more of a cover up.
Here is CNN’s report:
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) September 27, 2019
Director of National Intelligence Sent Whistleblower’s Complaint About Trump to DOJ – Which Refused to Prosecute
The Director of National Intelligence and the intelligence community’s inspector general both sent the whistleblower’s complaint against President Donald Trump to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, suggesting a criminal investigation be opened. The DOJ, under Attorney General Bill Barr, refused to prosecute the president.
“The department’s criminal division reviewed the matters and concluded that there was no basis for a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s behavior,” The New York Times reports. “Law enforcement officials determined that the transcript of the call did not show that Mr. Trump had violated campaign finance laws by soliciting from a foreign national a contribution, donation or thing of value.”
In fact, many legal experts believe the opposite.
The so-called “transcript,” which the Trump administration released at 10 AM ET Wednesday, shows that President Trump urged the president of Ukraine to dig up dirt on his top political opponent, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden. It clearly shows Trump promising U.S. government assistance should President Zelensky fulfill the “favor” Trump was requesting.
Experts say that is evidence of quid pro quo and something of value.
The “transcript” is just five pages and those familiar with such documents say were it complete it would be far longer than five pages. The White House even says it is not a “verbatim” account of the telephone conversation.
The whistleblower’s complaint, which the White House has never released to Congress despite the law mandating it do so, is believed to refer to many more actions than just that July 25 telephone call.
The whistleblower complaint was reportedly filed August 12. Trump fired Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence in July but Coats stayed until August 15. The Times does not state if Coats was the DNI or if his successor, Acting DNI Joseph Maguire, was the one who referred the complaint to the DOJ.
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