Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAll eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party MORE (D-Calif.), the likely incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report if President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE tries to invoke executive privilege to keep it secret.
“I'm prepared to make sure we do everything possible so that the public has the advantage of as much of the information as it can,” Schiff said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for the president and a leading spokesman for his legal team, in September predicted that Trump may object to Mueller’s report being released to the public, arguing it could violate executive privilege.
Schiff on Sunday said parts of the report may have to be held back, but argued that the public deserves to have access to it.
“We ought to make sure this report is public. Now, there may be parts of the report that have to be redacted because they involve classified information or they involve grand jury material,” he said.
Schiff argued that the Justice Department has set an important precedent by making public findings from its investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.
“For the last two years, I have been warning the Justice Department, as they have been turning over tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of pages of investigative files in the Clinton email investigation, that whatever precedent they were going to set, they were going to have to live by,” he said.
“When the Mueller investigation is over, they're not going to be in a position to say, 'we're not going to provide information to Congress about this investigation,' ” he said.
Schiff said the Justice Department has already decided “the precedent they’re going to live by” and added “this case is just too important to keep from the American people.”
Any effort to keep Mueller’s report secret would also spur opposition from Senate Republicans, who have argued for months that the special counsel should be able to complete his work.
“I want him to report to the American people, give them the facts. The American people are smart enough to figure it out,” Kennedy said on “Fox News Sunday” this summer.