Dems press Barr to make Mueller report public

Dems press Barr to make Mueller report public
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Top House Democrats are pressing Attorney General William Barr to release a public version of 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 Russia investigation report.

Six Democrat committee chairmen in a letter to Barr on Friday said they expect the probe's findings to be released publicly "without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law."

It said there is a "significant public interest in the full disclosure of information learned by the Special Counsel about the nature and scope of the Russian government's efforts to undermine our democracy."

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"To the extent that the Department believes that certain aspects of the report are not suitable for immediate public release, we ask that you provide that information to Congress, along with your reasoning for withholding the information from the public, in order for us to judge the appropriateness of any redactions for ourselves," they continued.

The letter follows reports that Mueller could be sending his probe to the Department of Justice as soon as next week. On Friday, the Justice Department told The Hill the report will not be delivered next week, when President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE is scheduled to hold a summit in Vietnam with North Korea's leader. 

The letter was signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis We have 100 days to make our nation right MORE (Md.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE (Calif.), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersCDC director says he wasn't involved in decision to reroute COVID-19 hospitalization data Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier Senate panel scraps confirmation hearing for controversial Pentagon nominee at last minute MORE (Calif.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealTreasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility Coronavirus recession hits Social Security, Medicare, highway funding MORE (Mass.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelProgressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul House Democrats 'alarmed' by allegations about US diplomat in Brazil Democratic chairman subpoenas Pompeo for records related to Biden, Burisma MORE (N.Y.).

"After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found," they wrote.

The letter also took issue with legal guidance at the Department of Justice that says a sitting president cannot be indicted.

"To maintain that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the President will not be charged, is to convert Department policy into the means for a cover-up. The President is not above the law," they letter states.

The Democrats say they expect to be able to review, upon their request, "other information and material obtained or produced by the Special Counsel regarding certain foreign actors and other individuals who may have been the subject of a criminal or counterintelligence investigation."