House Dems support GOP push for details on Rosenstein in fight for Mueller report

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are pouncing on a GOP-led resolution calling for the release of sensitive information related to alleged events that unfolded at the start of the Russia investigation, calling on Republicans to also join them in getting the full special counsel’s report.

Ranking member Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Graham huddles with House Republicans on impeachment strategy House investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies MORE (R-Ga.) introduced a resolution last Monday, ahead of the summary of the Mueller report becoming public, seeking details surrounding allegations Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Mueller rejoins DC law firm Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it MORE discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE and if there were serious conversations about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeBrendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir Judge tells DOJ to charge McCabe or drop investigation McCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors MORE kept memos of these events, accounts that Rosenstein has denied.

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Democrats jumped to support Collins’s resolution during a markup hearing, stating that they, too, want more transparency regarding 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’s 22-month probe.

”After two years of refusing to join Democrats in our efforts to conduct oversight over the Trump administration, Republicans have now introduced this resolution of inquiry seeking information about certain events in the early days of the Trump presidency,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) said in his opening remarks, stating that he welcomes his colleague’s “newfound interest in transparency and oversight.”

”That is why I hope and expect that the ranking member will join me in seeking special counsel Robert Mueller’s complete report, as well as all of the underlying evidence he has compiled, as many of the questions raised by this resolution are the same questions we hope Attorney General Barr will answer in the coming days,” he continued.

Other Democrats also cheekily announced during the markup that they support Collins’s pursuit of such information.

“With this resolution of inquiry, ranking member Collins is demanding documents from the Justice Department related to an obstruction of justice or counterintelligence investigations against the president,” Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets House investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies Celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to progress in business MORE (D-R.I.) said during the markup. “I support these requests and I hope my Republican colleagues will go even further in getting full transparency from the Department of Justice.”

“I’m proud to join our Republican ranking member in this bipartisan call for transparency,” Rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All' Lewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Four House Judiciary members say they will 'move forward' with impeachment MORE (D-Pa.) later added.

Throughout the markup, Collins and other Republicans blasted their Democratic colleagues for refusing to accept Mueller’s conclusion that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

“My Democrat friends — who so often boast of their esteem for civil liberties — have only doubled down on their efforts to pursue this misguided quest against the current president,” Collins said in his opening remarks.

“Those officials inappropriately targeted American citizens, and Democrats are crestfallen those abuses didn’t bear fruit for impeachment instead of being shaken by the abuse itself,” he continued.

Other Republicans echoed Collins, raising their concerns about an anti-Trump bias by top officials at the FBI and Justice Department.

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse conservatives attempt to access closed-door impeachment hearing Conservative lawmakers demand Schiff's recusal from Trump impeachment inquiry Louie Gohmert's exchange with Robert Mueller revealed an uneasy relationship MORE (R-Texas) pointed to what he described as federal investigators misleading a surveillance court in order to wiretap Trump campaign officials during the election, an allegation of abuse that multiple GOP lawmakers have echoed over the past two years.

Mueller, however, did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, which led Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMatthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law Trump denies knowledge of Barr meeting in Italy, says it would be appropriate Mulvaney helped organize controversial Ukraine meeting MORE and Rosenstein to weigh in that the findings from the investigation did not meet the threshold for such a case.

Democrats seized on the involvement of Barr, a Trump appointee, as further reason to receive the full report as well as the underlying evidence of the Mueller probe, arguing that such information is necessary so Congress can be fully informed.

The resolution will head to the House floor for a vote, where it is expected to pass.