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 CollinsWarnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight Doug Collins leads Kelly Loeffler by 2 points in Georgia Senate race 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 RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE and if there were serious conversations about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeShowtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump Lisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe MORE kept memos of these events, accounts that Rosenstein has denied.


Democrats jumped to support Collins’s resolution during a markup hearing, stating that they, too, want more transparency regarding 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 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 NadlerNadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks 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 CicillineOVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change DOJ whistleblower: California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' Hillicon Valley: Apple's developer dispute draws lawmaker scrutiny of App Store | GOP senator blocks bill to expand mail-in and early voting | Twitter flags Trump tweet on protesters for including 'threat of harm' 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 ScanlonDemocrats introduce resolution condemning acts of violence against the press Behind every gun law is a mom marching for her children COVID-19 is no excuse for Attorney General Barr to skirt the rule of law 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 GohmertGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized 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 BarrBill BarrJustice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week ACLU lawsuit calls on Barr to delay federal execution 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.