Top Dem Wanting Full Mueller Report Had Different View Under Clinton
The leader of that movement, New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
We cannot take Attorney General Barr's word for it. We must read the full Mueller report, and the underlying evidence. This is about transparency and ensuring accountability. https://t.co/eNDgQKJHa8— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2019
Minutes after Barr's conference, Nadler called on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before his committee "no later than May 23."
Back in 1998, as a member of that very committee, Nadler strongly opposed the release of the unredacted Starr Report echoing Republican sentiments today, saying that "as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all."
The Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reports:
Then, the president was Bill Clinton. Now, it is a Republican, Donald Trump.
Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, delivered his report to Congress on Sept. 9, 1998. That night, Nadler went on Charlie Rose's show to push back against the Republican demand that the voluminous report should be made public. “It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses," Nadler said. "Salacious material. All kinds of material that it would be unfair to release,”
What Nadler, 71, said in 1998 echoes what Attorney General William Barr told Congress last week. Barr, 68, wrote that he might redact grand jury testimony, information related to ongoing investigations, sensitive or classified information, and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties” from the report that he provides to Congress and the public.
Barr is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee on May 1 and 2.