Watergate grand jury foreman says Mueller information 'should be made public'

The foreman of the first grand jury to investigate the Watergate scandal said in a new interview that grand jury material related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation should be made public.

Vladimir Pregelj, 91, told The Washington Post that he stood behind a letter from the Watergate grand jury that unsuccessfully summoned then-President Nixon to testify, and that Americans had a right to see the information Mueller’s grand jury collected.

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“In my citizen’s heart, I feel the information gathered by the grand jury should be made public,” he told the Post.

While Mueller’s office submitted its final report to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrKamala Harris: The right choice at the right time Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE last month, the 23-member grand jury’s term is not set to expire until July, and its work “continues robustly” through several related cases transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, according to the Post.

Although Barr is expected to deliver a redacted version of Mueller’s report this week, the delivery of grand jury material has been a more controversial matter.

Barr told a House subcommittee he would not ask a federal court to grant an exemption to federal law that generally requires grand jury proceedings be kept secret.

“The chairman of the Judiciary Committee is free to go to court if he feels one of those exceptions is applicable,” Barr told Rep. Ed CaseEdward (Ed) CaseMORE (D-Hawaii) last week. “My intention is not to ask for it at this stage.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBy questioning Barr, Democrats unmasked their policy of betrayal Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' Apple posts blowout third quarter MORE (D-N.Y.) has suggested he will subpoena the material after Barr has delivered the redacted report.

“We have established that we’ve done everything we could to cooperate with the attorney general, to cooperate with the department, but he hasn’t reciprocated,” Nadler said. “We need this material to do our job.”