Special counsel Robert Mueller's report about what he found in his investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia must be released publicly, and if new Attorney General William Barr only releases a summary, "you can bet" House Democrats will subpoena the full report, Rep Jim Himes said Thursday.
"This Mueller report has been probably the most controversial thing the American public has had to consider for the last year," the Connecticut Democrat, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN's "New Day." "Of course this has been divisive for the country... this needs to come out to show what the special counsel found and what they have been doing. That's critical to the restoration of normal politics in this country."
The report would be sought for public service reasons, said Himes, so that "this isn't a festering sore on the American body politic years from now. We will subpoena that document and figure out a way to tell the American people what happened, regardless of what happened."
On the one side, Himes said, prosecutors don't release reports or talk about investigations because there may be people who were suspected of a crime while not charged because there was not enough evidence.
However, the FBI and the Department of Justice crossed that bridge in 2016, when former FBI Director James Comey told the American public twice that Hillary Clinton was under investigation, and that may have had a "substantial impact" on the presidential election, said Himes.
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