Nadler: We will subpoena the entire Mueller report early Friday

Nadler: We will subpoena the entire Mueller report early Friday
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday announced he will subpoena special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE’s entire, unredacted report in “the next couple of hours.” 

“We need the entire report, unredacted, and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions. After we get that, and we will subpoena that entire report today … that subpoena will come in the next couple of hours, including the grand jury evidence,” Nadler said in a morning appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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“The special prosecutor made very clear that he couldn’t reach a determination on obstruction of justice basically because of certain Justice Department guidelines which didn’t allow him to do that but that he laid it out for Congress to do. Not for the attorney general to arrogate to himself the power to do.”

Democrats have pounced on Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats MORE over his claim that President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE did not obstruct justice after Mueller declined to make a determination one way or the other, with many suggesting he acted more as Trump’s defense attorney than as attorney general.

Mueller said in his report released Thursday that while he could not reach the legal standard for obstruction, his investigation could not exonerate Trump either.

“[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President's actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” he wrote.

Nadler first announced Thursday afternoon that he intended to subpoena Mueller’s unredacted report but declined to provide a time frame. 

"Contrary to Attorney General Barr’s attempts at misdirection, it is crystal clear from the report that the Justice Department’s policy against indicting a sitting President played a key role in Special Counsel Mueller’s analysis—in fact, it is the very first point in the obstruction section of his report," Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsNancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now House Democrats, Trump lawyers ask appeals court to expedite subpoena case Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee said in a statement supporting Nadler.

"Unfortunately, we still have only part of the story, and Congress must subpoena the full report and all underlying documents.”