House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Wednesday he’s not interested in viewing confidential grand jury information redacted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report because disclosing it would violate the law.
Grand jury material, also known as 6E material, cannot be released under federal law with a judge’s order. It has been a cornerstone argument of Attorney General William P. Barr’s refusal to hand over the redacted portions of the Mueller report and its underlying evidence.
But Mr. Nadler, New York Democrat, said during a hearing to hold Mr. Barr in contempt that a subpoena for redacted portions of the Mueller report does not cover grand jury information. Instead, he said he wants information redacted for other reasons, including affecting ongoing investigations or causing harm to “a peripheral third party.”
“The subpoena was never intended to cover Rule 6E, which is why we asked the attorney general to go to court get permission to view 6E material,” he said. “It was never intended to put him in jeopardy.”
The debate over grand jury information came up after Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, introduced an amendment to the contempt resolution saying Mr. Barr does not need to break the law in order to meet Democrats’ demands.
“Do the rule of law a favor,” Mr. Gaetz said.
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