Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she is planning on reading a less-redacted version of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, months after it was released.
The Department of Justice agreed to give more lawmakers access the special counsel’s completed report in late May, however, many Democrats have still not read the less-redacted report. Pelosi has had access to the less-redacted report but has refused to read it after Attorney General William Barr offered in April, according to Politico.
“We will be having access to a less-redacted version of the Mueller report,” Pelosi said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday morning in Washington D.C. “I accepted that because I’m afraid — I really don’t trust the Attorney General of the United States.”
“If you’ve got to go down this path, you have to make sure that the public has an understanding of why,” Pelosi continued. “What I believe is that when we go forward, as we go forward, it has to run deep.”
Mueller defended his report into the Trump campaign at a press conference, saying he found no collusion between Russia and the campaign, and that he would be “formally closing the special counsel’s office” and that he would be “resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”
Mueller also said that “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy,” and that the report would be his testimony if Congress issues a subpoena for him to testify, saying, “the report is my testimony.” Since Mueller resigned, it will be harder for Congress to get him to appear since he will be a private citizen.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in early April, after Barr addressed the media, that he wanted Mueller to testify before the committee as soon as possible.
Regardless of the report’s findings, Nadler requested a number of documents from the White House and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump on March 4. (RELATED: Mueller Says His Report Is His ‘Testimony’)
Nadler sent the requests to 81 groups, people and organizations, searching for Constitutional abuses and corruption by Trump. The New York Democrat said the requests for documents are to “begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”
Democrats and cable news pundits have continued to say the Mueller report is a cover-up.