Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Thursday he thinks there will be subpoenas when he was asked about getting the full Robert Mueller report from the special counsel team.
President Donald Trump has been at the center of the special counsel investigation, and newly minted Attorney General William Barr (shown above right) is expected to announce the investigation has wrapped up soon — with some reports saying as early as next week.
But lawmakers are unlikely to get the full report, which many are looking to change.
“I asked William Barr whether he would allow Robert Mueller (above left) to testify — he was noncommittal,” Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, told CNN.
“But I think there will be subpoenas.”
Blumenthal added that the public would be right to feel there is a coverup if the report is not made public.
The special counsel regulations dictate that the team will submit a confidential report to the attorney general once the investigation is over.
But those rules don’t require the findings to be shared with Congress or the public.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates related to the presidential election of 2016. They are particularly focused on whether anyone colluded with Russian interests to sway the election.
But the special counsel team itself has also faced scrutiny over allegations of bias against the president.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called on the report to be provided to them and made public. Barr has told lawmakers he will make the report as transparent as possible — but warned he would follow internal rules and respect whatever agreement the former attorney general and special counsel had in place already.
Senate Judiciary Committee members even introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure that the report is made public. The Special Counsel Transparency Act requires that a special counsel submit a report directly to Congress and the public within two weeks of concluding its investigation.
The report must include all factual findings and underlying evidence.
Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, during an interview this week, said he expects the special counsel report will be “anti-climactic.”
He warned investigators might not even reach a definitive conclusion on the election meddling accusations.
Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t plan to end the special counsel probe despite his own issues with it.
Lawmakers have sought to ensure the investigations are able to finish regardless.
The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act was reintroduced on January 8 to protect the special counsel investigation from the president.
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