The House Judiciary Committee reached an agreement to gain access to evidence special counsel Robert Mueller collected on whether the president acted improperly and backed off a plan to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for blocking the release, reports the Wall Street Journal. Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said both Republicans and Democrats would have access to them, ending weeks of brinkmanship between the Trump administration and Capitol Hill over the evidence collected by Mueller in his nearly two-year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
On May 24, Nadler limited the panel’s request, asking only for witness interviews used in the obstruction part of Mueller’s report, some witness notes and “a small number of White House memoranda and communications” cited in the report. Lawmakers must go to the Justice Department individually to view the documents. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the president by the Special Counsel,” Nadler said. Nadler said he would put off a planned contempt vote against Barr “for now,” but it could be revived if the House felt the Justice Department didn’t comply with the terms of the deal.