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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Asked Friday about news that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was submitted and no more indictments were coming down pike, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that wasn’t the end of the story.

“There may be conduct that was criminal but not sufficiently provable or there may be a broader body of conduct that is deeply compromising to national security but not a criminal matter,” Schiff told CNN.

Like many other congressional Democrats, Schiff called for the full report to be made public and for the underlying evidence to be made available for review.

Attorney General Bill Barr sent Washington, D.C. scrambling on Friday afternoon with the announcement that the Mueller report had come to a close. In a letter to the chairs of the congressional judiciary committees, Barr said he would consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensein and Mueller to determine “what other information can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law.”

Democrats say they want nothing less than the full story of what Mueller found in his 675-day-long investigation, even if they have to subpoena the special counsel or Barr to provide testimony.

“If there’s evidence of a compromise, whether it arises to criminal conduct or not, it needs to be exposed,” Schiff said.

“If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee,” he added. “I would imagine that the Judiciary Committee may call the attorney general before its committee if necessary.”

Schiff said it would be a “horrendous double standard” not to provide a full account of the evidence, since the Justice Department agreed to turn over some 880,000 pages of discovery to Congress in the investigation over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

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Congress’ two top Democrats on Friday urged Attorney General Bill Barr to make the full Mueller report public and to prevent the White House from receiving any advance review of the now-submitted document.

“Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a joint statement. “Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation.  The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”

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This week saw frenzied, hyperbolic speculation about the impending report from special counsel Robert Mueller. Months after the first published reports warned that the report was coming, Justice Department reporters and cable news pundits are insisting that this time it really, truly is imminent.

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