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Boyd Tells Nadler: No ‘Legitimate Basis’ For Requesting Full Mueller Report

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler in a letter Monday, telling Nadler his demands for the full version of the Mueller report have no “legitimate basis.”

Boyd wrote the letter in response to Nadler’s Friday letter in which Nadler threatened to hold Barr in contempt of court unless Attorney General William Barr handed over the full version of the Mueller report. Boyd refused to comply, saying Nadler and the Democratic Committee hold neither legitimate nor legal basis for their request.

“The Committee has not articulated any legitimate basis for requesting the law enforcement documents that bear upon more than two dozen criminal cases and investigations, including ongoing matters,” Boyd wrote in the letter.

He said the committee “does not identify any available legal basis to authorize the Department to ask a court to share materials.”

The attorney general’s letter reminds Nadler of the “extraordinary step of publicly disclosing” the Mueller report as well as Barr’s further step of releasing an “even-less-redacted version,” both at the request of Democratic leadership.

Boyd added that though his office has made these concessions, Democrats have yet to review the redacted report at their disposal, something which Barr finds suspicious.

“The Committee did so even though you have yet to take advantage of the Department’s offer to review the less-redacted version of the Special Counsel’s report which naturally raises questions about the sincerity of the Committee’s interest in and purported need for the redacted material,” Boyd wrote.

“Your refusal to review the less-redacted report also hinders our ability to engage in a meaningful discussion about what specific information Congress needs in furtherance of its legitimate legislative activities,” the attorney general added.

Boyd also addressed several concerns that Nadler’s Friday letter contained, including Nadler’s threat to hold Barr in contempt of court, saying that he found the contempt proceedings disappointing.

Boyd faced questions Wednesday from Democrats at the House Judiciary Committee who accused him not only of misrepresenting the Mueller report but also of downplaying evidence and siding with President Trump. Boyd defended himself at the hearings and again asserted the Mueller report does not reveal any credible evidence that Trump colluded with Russian operatives during the election.

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