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Smear Machine Jerry Nadler Pushes to Release Confidential Grand Jury Material in Mueller Report

Citing government officials and others familiar with the situation, the Times said some members of Mueller's team believe Barr should have included more of their material in the summary he released on March 24 of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential campaign. But Mueller is also involved in deciding what can and can't be released from his report, and his summaries were written in such a way that they definitely can't be released to the public or to Congress? Barr has pledged to share a redacted copy of the almost 400-page report with congress and the public by mid-April. According to government officials who spoke to the New York Times, the investigators think their findings are more damning for the president than the attorney general's summary suggested.

Barr also declared that while Mueller himself reached no conclusion on the issue of whether Trump criminally obstructed the Russian Federation investigation, his own review found there was not enough evidence to support obstruction allegations.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein "and I have concluded that the evidence developed.is not sufficient to establish" that the president committed obstruction of justice, he wrote in his letter to Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee authorised a subpoena Wednesday for the full Russian Federation investigation report, setting up a high-stakes legal battle over secret testimony that could be damaging to President Donald Trump. He has yet to issue a subpoena.

The Justice Department on Thursday defended Attorney General Bill Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report but without directly addressing news reports that Mueller's investigators are upset over what Barr has chosen to keep secret for now.

The committee vote escalated congressional pressure on Attorney General William Barr to hand over all that Mueller documented during his 22-month probe, including grand jury evidence.

The subpoenas set the stage for a potential court fight with the Trump administration if the Justice Department will not provide what Democrats have requested.

There is indeed substantial amounts of foreign intelligence and grand jury information in the report, which simply must be scrubbed from the public report.

"This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, not the attorney general's, to determine whether or not President Trump has abused his office", Nadler said. Most of the documents were provided, however, and Harriett Miers, the former White House counsel under President George W. Bush, had to testify under oath, but in a closed, transcribed hearing.

Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., of the House Judiciary Committee says she is concerned about Congress's ability to enforce subpoenas.

Mr. Trump responded to reporting by the Times Thursday morning, shortly after Kupec released the statement. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made that abundantly clear even before Mueller's work was done.

"The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report".

The Times' lede paragraph was demolished by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel, who pointed out that the story was based on the words of anonymous "government officials" and "others" who were "familiar" with what the Mueller "investigators" told their "associates".

It is believed, however, that the report focuses on Trump's attempts to frustrate the special counsel office's work.

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