The Justice Department has agreed to provide the House Intelligence Committee with some materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation - but only if they agree to drop “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr.
In a letter written to the panel’s chairman, Adam Schiff Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd again offered members of the committee to review a “minimally redacted” version of Mueller’s report. But instead of just 12 to 34.
"The Department has already begun the process of identifying, locating and reviewing the materials potentially responsive to the categories of documents," Boyd wrote Tuesday, "a process that will not continue should the Committee take the unnecessary and unproductive step of moving to hold the Attorney General in contempt.
“I look forward to, and expect, continued compliance by the department so we can do our vital oversight work.”
In response, Schiff has canceled a Wednesday morning meeting intended to take an "enforcement action" against the Justice Department after Boyd's offer to provide the committee with counterintelligence documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production. That initial production should be completed by the end of next week," Schiff said in a statement Wednesday per CNN.
"As a result of the Department's acceptance, the business meeting has been postponed. The Committee's subpoena will remain in effect, and will be enforced should the Department fail to comply with the full document request. The Department has repeatedly acknowledged the Committee's legitimate oversight interest in these materials. I look forward to, and expect, continued compliance by the Department so we can do our vital oversight work."