Top House Judiciary GOPer Tells Nadler To Bring Mueller In To Testify

Ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), speaks during the testimony of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker before the House Judiciary Committee on the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Friday, February 08, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top Republican on the House Judiciary, on Monday urged Democrats to call special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about the contents of his 400-page report.

“If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the Special Counsel’s investigation, public testimony from Special Counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal,” Collins wrote in a letter to committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

The committee voted on party lines last week to authorize a subpoena to Justice Department for the full report, including secret grand jury testimony. But Collins argued that doing so would force Attorney General Bill Barr to violate the law against releasing these materials. As he noted, a D.C. Appeals Court affirmed last week that federal law allows for only five narrow exemptions to make this confidential available to Congress. One of these exemptions is when a request is made to a court as part of a formal impeachment inquiry.

If Democrats don’t wish to take that route, Collins said, Mueller himself would be best equipped to testify about his findings. The Georgia Republican said that Mueller should come the last week of April, when the House is on recess.

“I think we can agree this business is too important to wait, and Members of the Committee will surely return to Washington at such a critical moment in our country’s history,” he said.

Barr has promised to release a redacted version of the report by mid-April.

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