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The Justice Department says the subpoena issued by House Democrats for the full special counsel report is unnecessary.
Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Attorney General William Barr released the report with 'minimal redactions.'
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Kupec says the department is working with Congress to view more of the report and the subpoena issued Friday by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is 'premature and unnecessary.'
The department offered Friday to have a select group of congressional leaders view some of the redacted information from the report.
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But Democrats rejected that offer as insufficient.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and four other leading Democrats said in a letter Friday that lawmakers must see Robert Mueller's entire report so Congress can 'fulfill its constitutional responsibilities.'
They offered to negotiate a workable agreement.
The Justice Department is offering to let the legislators see much of the information that was redacted in the report released Thursday.
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It says only information censored because it pertains to grand jury proceedings would still be withheld.
The department said lawmakers could view the less-censored version at the agency and would have to pledge to keep the information confidential.
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The move by House Democrats to subpoena the full report sets up a legal showdown with Barr.
Nadler demanded the material by May 1, in one of the few instances House Democrats have used their subpoena power against President Trump.
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'My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,' he said in a statement.
'Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by President Trump and some of his closest associates. It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward.'
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