Nadler: 'There was in plain sight open collusion'

There was “open collusion” between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s campaign and Russia regardless of whether special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE found evidence of criminal conspiracy, House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerGOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' 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 BarrCurrent and former prosecutors respond to Barr's 'concerning' comments on progressive DAs Attorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide 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. 

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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 Clinton3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Buckingham Palace: Any suggestion Prince Andrew was involved in Epstein scandal 'abhorrent' The magic of majority rule in elections 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.”