Dem rep worried White House will cite privilege 'to avoid' revealing information 'embarrassing' to Trump

A Democratic lawmaker on Friday said that he's worried the White House will attempt to claim executive privilege to halt the release of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's report on the findings of his special counsel investigation.

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee Juan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears MORE (D-Conn.) said in an appearance on CNN that he thinks the White House and Congress are setting up for a "fight" over the release of the report due to information in the report that could be “embarrassing” for the president.


"What I worry about here, John, is you can bet that the fact that we haven't seen this report, you know, two milliseconds after it hit the White House, that tells us one thing, that it is not exonerating the president, and that it contains information that he doesn't like," Himes said, adding that the White House would likely exert privilege "to avoid the release of information that will be inconvenient or embarrassing for this president."

Hines noted that the Democratic-controlled House has several avenues to try to obtain the report in full or in part if the White House refuses to release it.

"I think we've got a couple of routes here. One is to subpoena the entire report," Himes said Friday to anchor John Berman. "To subpoena Bob Mueller to come talk about the report. What you just talked about, asking a judge to make a judgment on the grand jury information."

Mueller completed his years-long investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia's election interference last week, sending his report to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrReport: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Budowsky: Chief Justice Roberts can rescue democracy 14 states ask Supreme Court to let Trump resume federal executions MORE at the Justice Department. Barr's summary, released shortly after the investigation's conclusion, said that Mueller's "'did not establish'" that the Trump campaign "'conspired or coordinated'" with Russian efforts to meddle in the election.

Barr also announced that the Justice Department would not prosecute the president for obstruction of justice, on which he said Mueller did not take a position.

Democrats have called for Mueller's report, which is said to be more than 300 pages, to be released in full.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday blocked a Democratic-led Senate resolution calling for the report's release, citing Democrats' refusal to call for the release of communications between former President Obama and top intelligence officials.