Rep. Schiff, House Democrats Ready to Subpoena Mueller if Report Not Made Public

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Manatt’s Jack Quinn, a partner in the government and regulatory practice, appeared on CNN to comment on Rep. Adam Schiff 9 (D-CA)’s recent assertion that Congress will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the House Intelligence Committee if his report is not made public.

Quinn said Congress “has substantial equities here in terms of getting at the information that it’s seeking” regarding Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

“The American people demand an answer” to questions about this alleged collusion, said Quinn.

“We have had the former acting director of the FBI [Andrew McCabe] on a book tour saying that he opened the case specifically against the President of the United States because the FBI was concerned that [President Donald Trump] was compromised [and] was an asset of a foreign hostile power, he said. “Robert [Mueller], [United States Attorney General] Bill Barr and everyone else involved in this decision has a strong imperative to clear that up.”

Quinn also appeared on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon to speak about Mueller’s recent filing of his sentencing memorandum about Paul Manafort with a federal judge in Washington. Quinn shed light on why Manafort recently broke an agreement to cooperate with Mueller’s special counsel, an issue that may be addressed in Mueller’s upcoming report.

“Paul Manafort’s … life story, [and] certainly his story in the Mueller investigation, is that he lied, and then he lied, and then he lied again,” said Quinn. “He couldn’t help himself about everything. So the cooperation agreement was thrown in the wastebasket, except it’s important to understand that all that tearing the agreement up did was relieve the special counsel of the obligations it undertook in that agreement.”