Democrats will attempt to subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — which could be completed as early as next week — if new Attorney General William Barr decides to not make the findings public, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Thursday.
“There’ll be subpoenas from Congress, including, I hope, from the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Blumenthal told CNN Thursday, speaking about the committee that he’s a key member of. “But there will also be a public perception of cover-up. Because if William Barr believes, I think he does, that a sitting President can’t be indicted — I disagree with him — and he brings no charges that Mueller says can’t be brought, and also if there are no public disclosures, the public will rightly feel that there is a cover up.”
Blumenthal admitted that the Justice Department could in fact “resist” the committee’s subpoenas, but that would open up the possibility of a court battle.
During confirmation hearings, Barr was evasive about how he would handle the release of Mueller’s report, and President Trump this week threw the ball entirely in his new attorney general’s court.
AG William Barr “has to make a decision — is he going to be the people’s lawyer or is he going to be the President’s lawyer?” @SenBlumenthal says as sources tell CNN that the Justice Department is preparing for Mueller report as early as next week. https://t.co/o1rWjoIe29 pic.twitter.com/ZR9AXMOTqa
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