Fight for disclosure of Mueller report and grand jury information intensifies

The Reporters Committee is asking the federal court in Washington, D.C. to release the grand jury information from the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Legal Director Katie Townsend said, “The calls for transparency are broad and bipartisan. The president himself has said the report should be made public. We agree. The public is entitled to see as much of the Mueller report, unredacted, as possible.” (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, April 1, 2019, press release)

The Reporters Committee said in their filing that federal court rules on grand jury secrecy permits disclosure of counter intelligence investigations to such as members of Congress with intelligence responsibilities. (Politico, April 1, 2019, by Josh Gerstein)

House of Representative Democrats want the Mueller report released posthaste but are more concerned to see the evidence Mueller gathered during his investigation. There is precedence for the release of that information in Special Counsel Kenneth Starr’s delivery of two carloads of documents to Congress after he ended his investigation of President Bill Clinton. (USA TODAY, April 1 2019, by Bart Jansen)