The Democratically-lead House Intelligence Committee served the Department of Justice Wednesday with a subpoena for the full Mueller report after they refused requests for the contentious document.
Although Attorney General Barr has released a redacted version of the Mueller report, Democrats have suspected and accused Republicans of hiding damaging information, and demanded a version without redactions, along with supporting documents.
Previous requests to the Department of Justice came from both the ranking Republican and the Democrats on the committee.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) excoriated the DOJ for refusing the requests in a curt statement.
“The department has repeatedly failed to respond, refused to schedule any testimony, and provided no documents responsive to our legitimate and duly authorized oversight activities,” Schiff said.
“The department repeatedly pays lip service to the importance of a meaningful accommodation process, but it has only responded to our efforts with silence or outright defiance,” Schiff continued.
“Today, we have no choice but to issue a subpoena to compel their compliance,” he concluded.
Earlier on Wednesday the president declared executive privilege over the Mueller report in order to thwart Democratic efforts to obtain a version without redactions.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on the other hand, has sought the supporting documents for the Mueller report in order to investigate whether the investigation was begun under spurious evidence for the sake of political gain.
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