The House Judiciary Committee's vote approving subpoenas for the unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report was not about transparency, but about the 2020 election, Rep. Mark Meadows said Wednesday.
"It's all political theater and nothing to do with really getting to the truth," the North Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "I've been in the room with [Judiciary] Chairman [Jerrold] Nadler looking at truly trying to let the American people see what happened with this investigation, and he has been the one that has objected over and over and over again."
Instead, Meadows said, the action was about trying to disparage President Donald Trump when Attorney General William Barr is "working with warp speed to get information to the American people…it is a sad day for Congress and I would say it's a sad day for the American people."
Meadows also slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his comments earlier Wednesday that even though Mueller couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there had been the crime of conspiracy between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, there was "plenty of evidence of collusion."
"For two years he has told the American people that this was all about collusion and conspiracy," Meadows said of Schiff. "Now he is trying to change the definition because his handpicked special prosecutor said there was no collusion, no conspiracy."
Meadows also disagreed with contentions from Nadler that the law allows Barr the authority over what to release and what to keep private, as the law does not support releasing grand jury information.
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