'Take a Deep Breath': McCarthy Calls Out Dems' Unnecessary 'Posturing' Over Mueller Report
Lawmakers push for full report.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy urged Democrats who are demanding the full, unredacted Mueller report to "take a deep breath."
In a four-page letter to Congress last month, Attorney General William Barr said Mueller did not uncover evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and reached no conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice during the investigation. Barr has said he will release a redacted version of the report by mid-April.
Despite that, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced plans to vote this week to authorize subpoenas to obtain the full Mueller report. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has also called for the full report to be made public and doubled down on his claim that Trump and his administration colluded with foreign powers.
On "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, McCarthy said Democrats are "posturing over an empty bag," explaining that the grand jury material that's being redacted from the report is likely the "least significant" information in the document.
"All of the important witnesses to the Democrats who are Trump administration people cooperated with the special counsel and voluntarily sat for interviews. So their material is more than likely not covered by grand jury secrecy rules," McCarthy pointed out.
He said Democrats should "take a deep breath" and let Barr take several days to finish his work, as he cannot legally release grand jury material, in accordance with section 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
"If they wanted to do something useful, instead of issuing a subpoena which is probably going to be completely unnecessary, if they're that worried about it, I don't understand why they don't propose an amendment to 6(e) which would allow Congress to get the grand jury material in special counsel investigations," McCarthy said.
He concluded that Democrats can subpoena the full Mueller report, but he believes they are "kidding themselves" if they believe they can compel Barr to turn it over.
"They can try to hold him in contempt, but you hold him in contempt for following the law? I don't get that."
Watch the "America's Newsroom" interview above, and see Rep. Jim Jordan sound off below.