We write in response to your proposal regarding restricted access to a less redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report. Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation–which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other Committee Members–is not acceptable.
In order for Congress to fulfill its functions as intended by the Constitution, it must operate as a coequal and coordinate branch of government. Given the comprehensive factual findings presented by the Special Counsel’s Report, some of which will only be fully understood with access to the redacted material, we cannot agree to the conditions you are placing on our access to the full report. Nor can we agree to an arrangement that does not include a mechanism for ensuring access to grand jury material.
As the Special Counsel states, “The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” The Department now has a duty to submit the full report and underlying evidence to Congress so that it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. This includes considering whether legislation is needed in light of the findings contained in Special Counsel Mueller’s report and the Attorney General’s determination that no prosecution is warranted despite those facts.
“While the current proposal is not workable, we are open to discussing a reasonable accommodation with the Department that would protect law enforcement sensitive information while allowing Congress to fulfill its constitutional duties.
Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler, Feinstein, Schiff, and Mark Warner signed off on the letter.
As you can see this is theater they are hoping A.G. Barr will cave. He is well within his rights to withhold grand jury information. The Dems would have to pass legislation to get the information and I can’t see how it would pass a Republican majority Senate. The Dems need to accept that Trump is their president and that’s not going to change for anytime soon.