Nadler: "Incredibly Arrogant" For Barr's Justice Department To Try To "Instruct" Mueller


ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN HOST: Let's talk about this new directive from the Department of Justice that Robert Mueller got last night in the form of a letter warning him, basically, to stay within the confines of his report. How big of an impediment is that for you and your committee?

REP. JERRY NADLER (D-NY), HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Well, I don't think it's much of an impediment simply because Bob Mueller had indicated repeatedly he was going to do exactly that. I think it's incredibly arrogant of the department to try to instruct him as to what to say. It's a part of the ongoing cover-up by the administration to keep information away from the American people. But I think that it's not going to have a real impact.

CAMEROTA: You don't think they have any authority to instruct him in that way. Must he comply with that letter?

NADLER: No, he doesn't have to comply with that letter. He doesn't work for them. And that letter asks things that are beyond the power of the agency to ask even if he still worked for them.

CAMEROTA: Have you all been operating under the assumption that Robert Mueller will go beyond his report, that he will be able to say things that are not in there?

NADLER: No, we've been operating under the assumption that he'll do essentially what he said, he'll stay more or less within the bounds of the report. But it's important that the American people hear directly from Mueller what the report found. They found that the Russians interfered in the election very systematically to help Trump, that the Trump campaign welcomed that assistance, that the president repeatedly obstructed justice and repeatedly tried to hamper the investigation, and repeatedly instructed people to lie to the investigators and to the American people. Anyone else who had done what the report finds that he has done would face criminal prosecution.

CAMEROTA: Are you going to ask that very question of Robert Mueller? Would anyone else have faced criminal prosecution?

NADLER: I don't think we'll ask it in that form because I don't think he'd answer it in that form, but the report makes it fairly clear. But again, remember the report found 37 indicted -- Mueller's investigation resulted in the indictment of 37 people including the president's campaign manager, deputy campaign manager, national security advisor. It found -- it details 10 instances, 10 instances where the president obstructed justice, and repeatedly where the president tells people to lie to investigators. And anyone who did that, anyone other than the president who did that would face serious consequences.

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