Wednesday: House Judiciary to Hold Markup to Authorize Subpoenas for Full Mueller Report and Related Matters
The Committee Will Vote on Authorizing the Chairman to Issue Subpoenas
Washington, DC, April 1, 2019
Tags: Government Oversight
On April 3, 2019 at 9 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will markup a resolution to authorize subpoenas for Special Counsel Mueller’s full and complete report, its underlying evidence and related matters.
This markup will provide the Committee an opportunity to vote on authorizing the issuance of subpoenas. The timing of the issuance will be left to the discretion of Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on the markup to authorize the subpoena for the full and complete Mueller report and evidence:
“As I have made clear, Congress requires the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence. Attorney General Barr has thus far indicated he will not meet the April 2 deadline set by myself and five other Committee chairs, and refused to work with us to provide the full report, without redactions, to Congress. The Attorney General should reconsider so that we can work together to ensure the maximum transparency of this important report to both Congress and the American people. The full and complete report must be released to Congress without delay.”
The resolution to be marked up will also authorize subpoenas to five individuals, Donald McGahn, Steven Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Ann Donaldson. All of these individuals were sent document requests on March 4, 2019, as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration. These individuals may have received documents from the White House relevant to the Special Counsel investigation and the Committee’s investigation, or their outside counsel may have. That would waive any applicable privileges under the law and prevent privileges from being used to block requests for documents. The Committee will be authorizing subpoenas as the next step in its efforts to obtain these documents and related testimony. The Committee will not need to issue subpoenas if the documents are produced.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on the markup to authorize subpoenas for five individuals who may have received documents from the White House relevant to the Special Counsel investigation:
“Several weeks ago, I sent document requests to 81 individuals and entities as part of the House Judiciary Committee investigation into abuse of power, corruption and obstruction of justice by the President. I am grateful to the many individuals who have cooperated with our initial request for documents. Regrettably, not everyone has chosen to voluntarily cooperate with the Committee at this time. I am particularly concerned about reports that documents relevant to the Special Counsel investigation were sent outside the White House, waving applicable privileges. To this end, I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue subpoenas, if necessary, to compel the production of documents and testimony.”
Background on Special/Independent Counsel Precedent
Making Special Counsel Mueller’s report public is consistent with the intent of the Special Counsel Regulations, past precedent, and most importantly, the interests of the American public.
Precedent Reinforced in Past Two Years (115th Congress):
Background on the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation
On March 4, 2019, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) unveiled an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration. As a first step, the Committee served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation.
The Committee’s investigation covers three main areas: