House panel to file application for grand jury material underlying Mueller report

Source: The Hill | July 26, 2019 | Morgan Chalfant and Olivia Beavers

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that his committee is filing an application to a court to obtain the grand jury material underlying special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

“We are filing an application for the grand jury material underlying the Mueller report,” Nadler said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Nadler described the grand jury material underyling Mueller’s report as “critical” to analyzing Trump’s conduct as laid out in Mueller’s report. 

Nadler also said he would in “short order” civil lawsuit to enforce a subpoena for documents and testimony from Don McGahn if the former White House counsel does not comply with the committee’s demands, indicating the committee was still negotiating with him. 

“I will not comment on reports of our ongoing negotiation with Mr. McGahn,” Nadler said. 

The announcement came just days after Mueller, now a private citizen, testified for nearly seven hours on Capitol Hill about his Russia investigation. 

Nadler has issued a subpoena for Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence in connection with his panel’s sprawling investigation into possible obstruction and other abuses of power by Trump. 

The Justice Department has allowed Nadler and other Democrats to view a less-redacted version of Mueller’s report that still restricts grand jury material. That information is subject to secrecy under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), unless a court rules otherwise.

The Justice Department has also begun providing some of Mueller’s underlying evidence related to potential obstruction. 

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