The Justice Department has reached an agreement with the House Intelligence Committee to share additional intelligence and background evidence it gathered during special counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) made the announcement on Wednesday, May 22.
On May 8, 2019, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to Attorney General William Barr seeking the additional information, identified as “Counterintelligence and Foreign Intelligence Materials in [the] Mueller Investigation, Including Report and Underlying Evidence.” May 8 was the same day the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), also voted to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress when he refused to turn over the full, unredacted Mueller Report to all Judiciary Committee members.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd informed Schiff by letter, “The Department is willing to move forward with efforts to accommodate the committee’s legitimate interests.” The Justice Department is expected to begin handing over information to the House Intelligence Committee within the next week, but is seeking additional time to produce the requested information in full.
Wednesday’s agreement by the Justice Department demonstrates its willingness to comply with the committee’s subpoena, rather than face an enforcement action or engage in a protracted legal battle over the Mueller documents.
The agreement may also help to assuage tension between Congress and The White House that escalated in recent weeks, as President Trump has refused to comply with multiple investigations, conducted by Democrats, into the 2016 election, as well as his finances and potential business ties to Russia.
In a separate subpoena, the House Intelligence Committee also seeks access to Trump’s financial records with nine global banks and financial institutions. The committee scored a legal victory this week when a U.S. District Court in New York ruled in its favor, stipulating that Deutsche Bank and Capital One could release Trump’s financial records to Congress.