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Schiff: 'We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify' if report not made public

POLITICO logo POLITICO 2/24/2019 By Quint Forgey
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday threatened to call Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill and subpoena his investigative findings if Attorney General William Barr does not make the special counsel’s highly anticipated report public.

“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“In the end, I think the department [of Justice] understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think Barr will ultimately understand that, as well,” Schiff said.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (shown) and five other Democratic House committee chairs urged Attorney General William Barr in a letter Friday to publicize the special counsel’s report. © Alex Wong/Getty Images House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (shown) and five other Democratic House committee chairs urged Attorney General William Barr in a letter Friday to publicize the special counsel’s report.

Six Democratic House committee chairs urged Barr in a letter Friday to publicize Mueller’s report. The lawmakers also requested that the Justice Department provide parts of the report that are not made public to Congress, and asked that the department explain its reasoning for any redactions.

“We write to you to express, in the strongest possible terms, our expectation that the Department of Justice will release to the public the report Special Counsel Mueller submits to you — without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law,” the committee chairs wrote in the letter. Besides Schiff, the letter was signed by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

“We are going to get to the bottom of this,” Schiff said Sunday. “We are going to share this information with the public. And if the president is serious about all of this claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report.”

Schiff’s Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, behind closed doors Thursday. Cohen will also provide closed-door testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, followed by a public hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

“We think he has a lot to offer,” Schiff said.

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