Republican Congressman Jim Jordan pulled no punches on Sunday when he went after Democrat lawmakers and 2020 presidential candidates who are asking for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Democrat 2020 presidential candidates like Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders both called for the final report’s public release.
“The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify,” Harris wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “That is what transparency looks like. A short letter from Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient.”
“I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report,” Bernie Sanders tweeted in response to Attorney General William Barr releasing the first-look summary of Mueller’s final report. “I want the whole damn report.”
“Release the full Mueller report to the American people and their representatives. There must be transparency and accountability,” former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke tweeted.
Jordan offered to do exactly what they are asking and more, much more: by releasing everything.
“If they do release everything, then by golly release it all,” Jordan said during a segment on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Jordan’s “release it all” line may have Democrats fearful of exposing bad actors in the FBI and at the Justice Department who may have abused their power to initiate the investigation. As the investigation has carried, the American public has learned of former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page acting behind the scenes in an attempt to bring down Trump.
From the Washington Examiner:
Jordan demanded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application on Carter Page, “302” summaries from the FBI, which detail the bureau’s interviews with witnesses, and any briefings lawmakers have receivedon the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump also be released.
“We have asked for that information to be made public a long time ago,” he said, noting that he has previously asked Trump to release those documents.
Jordan would not say whether he would ask the president to also release the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Jordan said the decision to release the final report should be the attorney general’s alone, in accordance with the law on the books. He should not be strongarmed by Democrats to do anything otherwise, Jordan argued. But, if he does succumb to congressional pressure to release the final report, then he should release everything.
“That’s the attorney general’s call and he’s going to do that consistent with the law,” Jordan contended. “If the Democrats are going to call for all that to be released, then they should call for everything to be released.”