Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler in a letter telling Nadler his demands for the full unredacted version of the Mueller report have no “legitimate basis.”
Boyd wrote in response to Nadler’s Friday letter in which he threatened to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of court unless he handed over the full version of the Mueller report. Boyd said Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee do not hold legitimate basis for their request, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
“The Committee has not articulated any legitimate basis for requesting the law enforcement documents that bear upon more than two dozen criminal cases and investigations, including ongoing matters,” Boyd wrote in the letter.
He said the committee “does not identify any available legal basis to authorize the Department to ask a court to share materials.”
Boyd said he would be willing to discuss allowing “more members of Congress to view a less-redacted version of the report and prioritizing the review and possible disclosure of certain materials cited in the full Mueller report,” according to CBS News.
“The Committee did so even though you have yet to take advantage of the Department’s offer to review the less-redacted version of the Special Counsel’s report which naturally raises questions about the sincerity of the Committee’s interest in and purported need for the redacted material,” Boyd wrote.
“Your refusal to review the less-redacted report also hinders our ability to engage in a meaningful discussion about what specific information Congress needs in furtherance of its legitimate legislative activities,” the assistant attorney general added.
Boyd also addressed several concerns Nadler’s Friday letter contained, including Nadler’s threat to hold Barr in contempt of court, saying he found the contempt proceedings disappointing.
Barr faced questions Wednesday from Democrats at the House Judiciary Committee who accused him not only of misrepresenting the Mueller report, but also of downplaying evidence and siding with President Donald Trump. Barr defended himself at the hearings and again asserted the Mueller report does not reveal any credible evidence that Trump colluded with Russian operatives during the election.
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, suggested Nadler is taking this too far.
“Chairman Nadler knows full subpoena compliance requires Attorney General Barr to break the law,” Collins said in a statement. “Yet, instead of introducing legislation allowing the attorney general to provide Congress grand jury material, Democrats move to hold him in contempt. They know the Justice Department is working to negotiate even as they pursue contempt charges, making their move today illogical and disingenuous. Democrats have launched a proxy war smearing the attorney general when their anger actually lies with the president and the special counsel, who found neither conspiracy nor obstruction.”
On Thursday, Pelosi claimed Barr had committed a “crime” with his statements to Congress. Barr claimed in early April that he didn’t know if Mueller agreed with his conclusions as listed in a four-page summary, but Muellerover the lack of context in Barr’s conclusions.
“He lied to Congress,” Pelosi said last week. “And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States and not the attorney general,” Pelosi said. “Being the attorney general does not give you a bath to go say whatever you want, and that is the fact, because you are the attorney general.”
When will this ever end?