'Completely Political': Dershowitz Says 'No Legal Basis' for Dems to Subpoena Full Mueller Report
The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote this week to authorize subpoenas to obtain the full Mueller report, but Alan Dershowitz says there is "no legal basis" for a court to compel the Justice Department to release the unredacted document.
Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced the vote will take place Wednesday, a day after a deadline the committee set for Attorney General William Barr to share the “full and complete report” and underlying evidence.
In a four-page letter to Congress last month, Barr said Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he reached no conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice during the investigation. Barr has said he will release a redacted version of the report by mid-April.
On "America's Newsroom" Monday, Dershowitz said even if Barr refused to release any version of the report, there is "no legal basis" for a subpoena to force him to do so.
"The special counsel, under the rules, has an obligation to file a report with the attorney general. There's nothing in the rules that requires the attorney general to make the report public, particularly if it contains information critical of people who were not indicted," Dershowitz said.
He offered a hypothetical: If the shoe were on the other foot and Republicans wanted the full report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Democrats would be "up in arms."
"This is a political issue. This is a media issue. This is not a legal issue," Dershowitz said.
He acknowledged that lawmakers and the American public are anxious to see Mueller's report, but the law must be followed.
Watch the "America's Newsroom" interview above.