- Nov 2005
Release of Mueller evidence to Congress is "potential nightmare" for Trump, says Fox News legal analystFox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano warned on Tuesday morning that Attorney General William Barr's decision to hand over former special counsel Robert Mueller's underlying evidence and documents to Congress is a "potential nightmare" for President Donald Trump.
Napolitano, who previously served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge, gave his expert opinion during a segment of Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, explaining that he was a bit surprised by Barr's decision. He also said that the president was "being proven correct," arguing that the Democrats appeared to want a "do over" of Mueller's investigation as Trump has accused.
"[It's a] potential nightmare because what they are releasing is not just portions of the redacted report, but the documents that went into making the report," the legal expert explained. He said this would include FBI interviews, notes, transcripts of wiretaps and other documents.
The former judge said that it's unclear what Democrats intend to do with the documents at this point. "Where's that going to go? I don't know," Napolitano said. "Do they just want to embarrass him? Do they want to give him a chance to respond? Are they actually going to impeach him? We don't know where this is gonna go, this is the earliest stages of it."
After lengthy and often tense negotiations the Justice Department agreed on Monday to hand over key evidence and documents from Mueller's investigation to Congress for further review. Democrats believe these documents and information could provide additional details on Trump's alleged obstruction of justice. It is not yet clear how much of the underlying evidence will be handed over, but the House Judiciary Committee Chair, Democrat Jerrold Nadler of New York, said it would include "interview notes, firsthand accounts of misconduct and other critical evidence"
Until now, the Trump administration and the Justice Department had defied numerous congressional subpoenas to interview witnesses and provide information so that committees can continue to review Mueller's findings. Although the special counsel did not find sufficient evidence that Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during its interference campaign in the 2016 election, Mueller's final report did lay out a series of allegations highlighting actions by the president that many Democratic and Republican legal experts have said are textbook examples of obstruction of justice.
I'm guessing Trump is going to try to throw his weight around to block this release...
Of course, such a move would raise a question on obstruction of justice...