House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is subpoenaing the Justice Department for the full, unredacted Mueller Report, claiming that House Democrats simply must have access to even classified information and grand jury material.
Since this was such a departure from Nadler's position on the Starr Report 21 years ago that we here at the Dan O'Donnell Show simply had to put together a debate between Jerry Nadler and...Jerry Nadler.
Hello and welcome to tonight’s Mueller Report debate between 2019 Jerry Nadler and 1998 Jerry Nadler. I’m your moderator Dan O’Donnell. 2019 Jerry Nadler, you are issuing a subpoena for the Robert Mueller report to be released without any redactions. Why?
"We are demanding and we have a right to the entire report without any redactions whatsoever so we can see what's there."
1998 Jerry Nadler, how do you respond to that?
"Much of this material is Federal Rule 6(e) material that is material that by law, unless contravened by a vote of the House, must be kept secret."
2019 Jerry Nadler, this is true. Much of this material can’t be released under federal law. Why shouldn’t that law apply?
"We're entitled to see it because Congress represents the nation and Congress has to take action on any of it, so we're entitled to see all of it."
1998 Jerry Nadler, is he correct? Should this material be released?
"It's grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses, salacious material, all kinds of material that would be unfair to release."
2019 Jerry Nadler, how do you respond to this point? Shouldn’t the Attorney General redact the portions of the report to protect innocent people?
"Our position is that he should redact none of it."
So you believe that there should be no redactions whatsoever. 1998 Jerry Nadler, you obviously disagree with that.
"Somebody--the staff of the Judiciary Committee, perhaps the chairman and ranking minority members of the Judiciary Committee--is going to have to go over this material, at least the 400-500 pages of the report, and determine what is fit for release and what is as a matter of decency and protecting people's privacy rights--people who may be totally innocent third parties--what must not be released at all."
1998 Jerry Nadler, 2019 Jerry Nadler, thank you both for participating in tonight’s Mueller Report debate. I’ve been your moderator Dan O’Donnell. Good night.