” . . . today’s subpoena is wildly overbroad. It commands the department to provide Congress with millions of records that would be plainly against the law to share . . . The chairman’s process flies in the face of normal and proper congressional oversight.”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today issued a statement in response to Chairman Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) subpoena of the special counsel’s unredacted report and underlying documents.
“Yesterday, Chairman Nadler held a press conference to admit he had only skimmed the report. Now — less than 24 hours after its release with minimal redactions — he’s rushing to subpoena material that he hasn’t even asked the department to provide yet and that, by law, can’t be shared outside the Justice Department.
“The president, unlike his predecessor, declined to assert executive privilege — a move of unprecedented openness. The attorney general offered up a 400-page report that he wasn’t bound to provide. The attorney general stands ready to testify before our committee and to have the special counsel do the same. Yet Chairman Nadler disregards all of this good faith transparency without even taking the department up on its offer to review material under the redactions.
“As a result, today’s subpoena is wildly overbroad. It commands the department to provide Congress with millions of records that would be plainly against the law to share because the vast majority of these documents came as a result of nearly 2,800 subpoenas from a grand jury that is still ongoing.
“The return date on the subpoena is also sooner than the normal two weeks given to executive branch agencies. This is politically convenient for the chairman because the attorney general has offered to appear before our committee the following day, allowing the chairman to grandstand and rail against the attorney general for not cooperating on an impossible timeline.
“The chairman’s process flies in the face of normal and proper congressional oversight. I urge Chairman Nadler to narrowly tailor his subpoena and give the department a meaningful chance to respond.”
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