By Jon Dougherty
Democrats in the Senate say they are considering issuing a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should Attorney General William Barr decide not to release it publicly, which he is within his rights to do.
Not satisfied with disrupting the Executive Branch for the past two years, lying to the American people via the perpetuation of the “Russian collusion” hoax, and now covering up the first real attempt to overthrow a duly elected president in the history of our country, Democrats appear poised to risk plunging factions on the Left and Right into open warfare just to gain an upper hand ahead of the 2020 election.
As Lifezette notes, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Thursday he believes that subpoenas will be issued if Barr refuses to release the Mueller report. The newly-minted AG may finally announce the completion of the Mueller probe by next week.
“I asked William Barr whether he would allow Robert Mueller (above left) to testify — he was noncommittal,” Blumenthal told CNN.
“But I think there will be subpoenas.”
Ironically, Blumenthal said that Americans would be in the right to feel as though a ‘cover-up’ was taking place if Barr failed to release the Mueller report — though he, of course, wasn’t asked about the real cover-up in hiding Hillary Clinton’s felonious violations of the Espionage Act, James Comey’s leaks, Andrew McCabe’s coup attempt, and the corruption of elements of the FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence community under Barack Obama.
Under Justice Department rules, Mueller must submit a confidential report to the attorney general. But the AG does not have to share the special counsel’s findings with the public or Congress.
In a far-ranging interview for the first episode of ABC News‘ “The Investigation,” a new podcast that focuses on Mueller’s investigation, defense attorney John Dowd said earlier this month he believes the probe into alleged Trump-Russia “collusion” to “steal” the 2016 election was “a terrible waste of time.”
More importantly, he doesn’t think Mueller will even issue a parting shot.
“I don’t think there’ll be a report,” he said, according to ABC News. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than, ‘We’re done.’”
Dowd, 77, left the president’s legal team in March over disagreements about how to be cooperative with Mueller’s prosecutors.
But he forged a lasting relationship with the president and has remained in contact with him over the past year, often talking to him about Mueller’s probe.
In the lengthy podcast interview, Dowd’s impression of the probe matched Trump’s view — that it’s been a witch hunt and huge unnecessary distraction from his presidency.
“I know exactly what [Mueller] has,” Dowd told the interviewers.
“I know exactly what every witness said, what every document said. I know exactly what he asked. And I know what the conclusion or the result is,” he added, in providing a description of the wide-ranging efforts by the president’s legal team to gauge progress in the case by speaking to dozens of witnesses.
Based on that knowledge, Dowd said, “there’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.”
Nevertheless, as Blumenthal’s statements indicate, Democrats aren’t about to let this go away. The party is so invested in the lie that they have to perpetuate it ahead of the 2020 elections lest their increasingly unhinged base turn their anger at them.
So Democrats are already planning to expand the probe beyond what Mueller’s already investigated to include POTUS Donald Trump’s businesses, his personal finances, and — the Holy Grail — his tax returns.
Axios’ Mike Allen reports:
Mueller is just the beginning. House Democrats plan a vast probe of President Trump and Russia — with a heavy focus on money laundering — that will include multiple committees and dramatic public hearings, and could last into 2020.
The aggressive plans were outlined yesterday by a Democratic member of Congress at a roundtable for Washington reporters. The member said Congress plans interviews with new witnesses, and may go back to earlier witnesses who “stonewalled” under the Republican majority.
The reporters, many of them steeped in the special counsel’s investigation, came away realizing that House Dems don’t plan to depend on Robert Mueller for the last word on interference in the 2016 election.
Allen says three congressional committees are already involved: The House Intelligence Committee is taking the lead, coordinating with House Financial Services on money-laundering questions and with House Foreign Affairs on Russia.
First up, other than trying to get the president’s tax returns: Finding out what he and Putin talked about during a private meeting, “whether that’s subpoenaing the notes or subpoenaing the interpreter or other steps.”
Interestingly, Barr is as much of a stickler for the rules as Mueller’s Democrat supporters say he is; and yet the Donkey Party is balking at Barr’s declaration that he’ll make as much of Mueller’s final report public as possible under the rules and per any prior agreement the former AG and Mueller had in place when the probe began.
Obama operatives are already downplaying the report’s conclusions. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said this week he expects the special counsel report will be “anti-climactic.”
But that’ s not going to matter to Democrats. They are planning to just keep the collusion hoax alive right up to the 2020 election.
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