House Democrats took the first big step toward obtaining the full Mueller report as the Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 to subpoena the report.
Before the vote, chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler said, “This committee has a job to do. The Constitution charges Congress with holding the president accountable for alleged official misconduct. That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves — not the attorney general’s summary, not a substantially redacted synopsis, but the full report and the underlying evidence.”
Video of the vote:
The fight is on. The House Judiciary Committee has voted 24-17 to subpoena the full Mueller report. pic.twitter.com/sltNKrdxch
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 3, 2019
The vote was a party line vote with zero Republicans voting to give the full report to the committee. Republicans are in full protection mode for this president. If the report exonerates Trump, the vote should have been unanimous to have it released in full. The fact that Republicans voted the way that they did suggests that they know that the report does not exonerate Trump.
The next step in the process is expected to be that the White House will ignore the subpoena and force the House of Representatives to sue them for the unedited report. The authorization of the subpoenas is the beginning, not the end of the process, but the quick action of the Judiciary Committee is proof that Democrats are wasting no time in their efforts to obtain the unedited Mueller report.
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