Democrats who took control of the House of Representatives, plan to pursue their agenda to uncover Russian collusion, regardless of whether President Donald Trump’s new attorney general calls an end to Special Council Mueller’s investigation.
According to Politico, Democrats are preparing for a scenario where Trump uses his power, and or the Justice Department to shut down Mueller’s investigation, and the release of his findings.
According to a high-ranking Democratic policy adviser familiar with likely Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s planning, Mueller will likely be summoned to Capitol Hill to testify about his findings.
“I think you could expect Democrats to take pieces of what they shut down and expose it publicly,” said a high-ranking Democratic policy adviser familiar with Pelosi’s planning. “This is a report paid for with taxpayer dollars. So taxpayers would have a right to know what Mr. Mueller found.”
Pelosi has pledged to preserve the documentation related to the investigation, according to Politico. Those documents would probably be what Democrats would lean on, should they try to impeach the president.
“I think you could expect Democrats to take pieces of what they shut down and expose it publicly,” a high-ranking Democratic policy adviser familiar with Pelosi’s planning told Politico.
“This is a report paid for with taxpayer dollars. So taxpayers would have a right to know what Mr. Mueller found.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he’s planning to reopen his panel’s shuttered Russia investigation using as a roadmap a list of about 70 people, organizations and companies Democrats say the GOP failed to adequately examine.
Early Wednesday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that he plans to reopen the panel’s Russia investigation. Schiff also indicated that Democrats will likely protect Mueller.
“I think that the chances that Bob Mueller will be able to finish his work improved for the reason that our committee and others like the Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee, which under Republican leadership served as basically surrogates for the president in their efforts to batter down the Justice Department, to give the president a pretext … to fire people in the Justice Department, all of that tearing down of the independence of these institutions is going to end,” Schiff said according to Politico.
“Now that doesn’t mean the president can’t still act in ways that are antithetical to the rule of law and the interest of justice, but it does mean that we’re better able to protect our institutions and see this investigation, I hope, complete.”
Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that if Democrats plan to investigate him, he will return the favor.
“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Trump tweeted. Two can play that game!”