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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lawfare: At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the House Committee on the Judiciary will hear testimony from legal experts on the issue of executive privilege and congressional oversight.

During testimony, constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, warned House Democrats that they are "heading into a world of hurt" if they escalate their fight with Attorney General Bill Barr over access to the full Robert Mueller report based on current circumstances.

While being questioned about issues having to do with executive privilege and congressional oversight, Turley stated that while he generally tends to give weight to congressional power, they are sure to lose if they go to court for the purpose of holding Barr in contempt for not releasing the full Mueller report, stating "[y]ou are heading into a world of hurt if you go to the D.C. Circuit."

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Turley pointed out, as Barr has in the past, that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure do not allow Barr to disclose the secret grand jury information that was redacted in the previously released version.

"The D.C. Circuit recently ruled on this very issue, stating in the case of McKeever v. Barr that, outside of the specific exceptions outlined in Rule 6(e), courts do not have authority to order the disclosure of grand jury information," Turley stated in response to questioning from

"There's no question that he cannot release this Rule 6(e) information," Turley said, calling Barr's position "unassailable."

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Notably, all of the experts on the panel agreed that Congress is entitled to all the underlying evidence except for the 6(e) materials and that they should focus their efforts in court on obtaining all underlying evidence that has been withheld.

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