CAUCUS CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES ON THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR MEANINGFUL CHECKS AND BALANCES ON AN OUT-OF-CONTROL EXECUTIVE BRANCH”
In case you missed it last night, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell for a conversation about the Mueller investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Congressman Jeffries, will your committee subpoena the Mueller report if it is not delivered by the attorney general?
REP. JEFFRIES: It's my expectation that, you know, the House of Representatives as the custodians of our democracy right now, the American people voted for meaningful checks and balances on an out-of-control executive branch, voted for transparency, voted for disclosure, and if the Department of Justice refuses to publicly release the findings themselves, then I believe it will be our responsibility to make sure that we subpoena that information, that we present it to the American people and that we even call Bob Mueller or others to testify to explain their conclusions.
O’DONNELL: And others in addition to Mueller, for example, could include other members of his prosecutorial team, possibly.
JEFFRIES: That's absolutely correct. Under Chairman Jerry Nadler's discretion, there's a wide range of possibilities, but we're committed to making sure that the report sees the light of day. Brandeis said “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” We agree.
JEFFRIES: We know a few things. All of the president's men are going down in flames, from Manafort to Gates to Papadopoulos to Cohen to Flynn and now, Roger Stone. It's often said where there's smoke there's fire. There's a whole lot of smoke emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We need some clarity. The Mueller report can provide that. There appears to be a triangular relationship between the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and Russian spies. Roger Stone may be the link between the three. Hopefully the Mueller report will clear all of that up for the American people.
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