On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Jerry Nadler calling for Mueller’s summaries)
CAPITOL HILL- House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) speaks at a rally outside the White House calling for the release of the full findings of the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This rally was one of hundreds throughout the country led by a coalition of progressive organizations, promoted under the hashtag #releasethereport.
These protests come as a series of leaked reports say that former prosecutors working in the Special Counsel’s office are disappointed that the four-page summary issued by Attorney General William Barr doesn’t accurately reflect the findings of the special counsel.
The chairs of six House committees — Judiciary’s Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ways and Means Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Finance’s Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Intelligence’s Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Oversight’s Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs’ Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) — write a letter to Barr demanding he testify “as soon as possible — not in a month, as you have offered, but now” to discuss his rationale for issuing such an abridged summary.
Looking forward, it is often said that candidates need to run against their opponents to get elected, and need to lead the entire electorate to be effective. In the field of Democratic presidential contenders, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is the penultimate fundraising leader with a $12.1 million haul this quarter. While Sen. Harris may draw well from the liberal base, she appeared to this reporter to be noticeably standoffish to Republicans, turning her back to them as she wended her way down the aisle in the House chamber for a joint meeting of Congress celebrating NATO’s 70th anniversary. Barbara Grassley, wife of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), noticed the same behavior and remarked on what she saw as Sen. Harris’ overtly partisan call for postponement of a Judiciary committee hearing her husband chaired confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill