Schiff: Democrats will subpoena Mueller report if Trump tries to hide it

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint MORE (D-Calif.), the likely incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s report if President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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.”

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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 ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' 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.

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.), a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, earlier this year called for the report’s findings to be communicated to the American public.

“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.