Demanding the Full, Unredacted Special Counsel Report
WATCH: Click here to watch Rep. Nadler discuss the House Judiciary Committee's demands for the full, unredacted Special Counsel report.
Even in its redacted form, the final report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller outlines what I see as disturbing evidence that the President and his associates engaged in obstruction of justice and other serious misconduct. In my view, the Special Counsel conducted a thorough investigation, and, contrary to statements made by the Attorney General, the report concluded that there was substantial evidence that the President attempted to prevent the investigation into his campaign and his own conduct, and was willing to accept illegal information from the Russians. The Special Counsel made explicitly clear that he did not exonerate the President in any way, yet Attorney General Barr decided not to move forward on any indictments. I believe the responsibility now falls to Congress and the House Judiciary Committee to hold the President accountable for his actions.
Immediately following the release of the redacted report, I issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice. Attorney General Barr has offered myself, as well as a handful of other members from both sides of the aisle, to view a less redacted version of the report in a classified setting; however, I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress, the House Judiciary Committee, and the American people in the dark. The Committee needs and is entitled to all these materials to conduct proper oversight.
In addition, I have invited Special Counsel Mueller to appear before the Committee in a public hearing no later than May 23rd. The Committee has also subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn, a critical witness to many of the instances outlined in the Special Counsel report, for testimony and documents. As a co-equal branch of government, Congress has a constitutional obligation to hold the President accountable, and these hearings will be an important part of that process.
Protecting Fulton Houses Community for Future Generations
Last week, I led local public officials representing Robert Fulton Houses in demanding transparency from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as it considers plans to create new funding streams to address the severe construction, maintenance, and repair needs of the development. We made clear that New Yorkers cannot and will not accept a plan that involves the displacement of residents, that diminishes tenant rights or affordability, or that fails to protect and preserve the Fulton Houses community.
NYCHA must inform all tenants of any plans under consideration that will directly impact their community, and tenants must be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and provide meaningful input. I will continue to fight to ensure NYCHA is there not only for the current residents of the Fulton Houses community, but for many generations of New Yorkers to come.
To read Rep. Nadler's letter demanding transparency from NYCHA, please click here.
Historic Hearing on Gender Equality and ERA Ratification
Following a hearing on the importance of the Equal Rights Amendment, Rep. Nadler spoke in support of legislative efforts to ratify the ERA.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is as simple as it is necessary. It is shocking that nearly 230 years after the United States Constitution was written, and nearly 100 years since the first ERA was introduced, America still fails to expressly guarantee gender equality. In fact, the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries around that world that does not explicitly protect the rights of women in its constitution.
I’m proud that, under my chairmanship, the House Judiciary Committee just held the first Congressional hearing on the ERA in over 30 years. I firmly believe our nation is on the verge on a breakthrough for equality. Women deserve to have the same, guaranteed rights as everyone else, and adopting the ERA will bring our country closer to truly fulfilling its values of inclusion and equal opportunity for all.
To watch Rep. Nadler’s opening remarks, please click here.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Town Hall
For the tens of thousands of people living with and dying from 9/11-related illnesses, and the thousands more who may not yet know they are sick, the tragedy of 9/11 continues. I joined representatives from the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) program and the World Trade Center Health (WTCH) program in New York City last week for an information session about the 9/11 VCF and my efforts to ensure every claim is paid in full. It is imperative that the VCF be made permanent, and I am proud to be a lead sponsor of theNever Forget the Heroes Act, which would do just that. Our 9/11 heroes answered the call when we were attacked, and now Congress needs to answer the call and stand up for them.
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