House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler announced on Monday that the panel had reached an agreement with the DOJ to obtain “most important files” from the Mueller report.
Nadler said he will “hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now” amid the DOJ’s cooperation, noting that lawmakers will be able to begin reviewing the first of these documents later Monday.
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee’s subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess obstruction,” he said in a statement released Monday.
“All members of the Judiciary Committee — Democrats and Republicans alike — will be able to view them,” Nadler announced.
The House was expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would hold AG Barr and former WH Counsel Don McGahn in civil contempt for failing to comply with the subpoenas.
Nadler said he would allow the Justice Department time to “demonstrate compliance” with the agreement but did not completely shut the door on moving forward with criminal contempt.
“If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps. If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies,” Nadler said.
“It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs, ensuring no one is above the law and bringing the American public the transparency they deserve,” Nadler continued.
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