Department of Justice Caves In, Agrees to Turn Over Mueller Materials to Congress

In a surprising twist of events, it seems the Department of Justice will be cooperating with Congress, without a subpoena.

muellerHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday morning that the DOJ has agreed to produce the redacted Mueller Report. The panel will be receiving the materials and underlying information they sought, however perhaps not as expediently as they’d like.

Justice Department Cooperation

Though while a subpoena proved unnecessary, it “will remain in effect and will be enforced should the Department fail to comply with the full document request.”

In Schiff’s statement, he said that the DOJ will begin by providing the 12 categories of information the panel subpoenaed. He added that the process is expected to be completed by next week.

“The department has repeatedly acknowledged the committee’s legitimate oversight interest in these materials,” Schiff said in his announcement. “I look forward to, and expect, continued compliance by the Department so we can do our vital oversight work.”

With the Trump administration’s persistent stonewalling, this cooperation comes as something of a rarity.

Meeting Cancelled

With this news comes the cancellation of a committee meeting originally planned for today. Its purpose was to discuss taking unspecified action against the Department should they had failed to comply.