Nadler: 'There was in plain sight open collusion'

There was “open collusion” between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE’s campaign and Russia regardless of whether special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE found evidence of criminal conspiracy, House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday MORE (D-N.Y.), said Sunday morning.

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Mueller last month concluded his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow. He did not find evidence of cooperation between Trump's campaign and Russia, according to a four-page summary of his findings provided to Congress by Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump Matthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law MORE.

Noting that Mueller also reportedly made no determination on obstruction of justice, Nadler called Barr “a biased person” who primary serves the interests of the White House. 


The full Mueller report has yet to be released and Nadler said Barr should redact “none of” the Mueller report before delivering it to the Judiciary Committee. He expressed confidence that information would not leak to the public.

"The committee has a very good record of protecting information which it decides to protect,” he said.

He also addressed claims he opposed the release of similar findings by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr in 1998 after his investigation of then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhat did the Founders most fear about impeachment? The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Chelsea Clinton says she's not considering a bid for New York House seat MORE.

Calling the comparison “apples and oranges,” Nadler said his remarks on the Starr report concerned the release of grand jury information to the public rather than to Congress.

Nadler did not take a position on whether the full Mueller report could contain grounds for impeachment, saying  “there could be grounds for impeachment, there could be grounds for other actions, there could be things the American people ought to know.”