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National News, Wednesday, April 3rd; Democrats Will Subpoena For Full Mueller Report

by Don Early and Aaron Martinez for Basin Life Magazine

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019

House Democrats want the full Robert Mueller report now, not later. Today they said they are moving forward subpoena the Justice Department for special counsel Mueller’s full report, along with any underlying materials, after the Justice Department ignored Democrats’ deadline to deliver both to Congress on Tuesday.

The move puts Democrats on a collision course with the Trump administration and could set up a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hasn’t said when he might subpoena the Justice Department following the committee’s scheduled vote to give him the authority. In an interview today, Nadler said he plans to work with Attorney General William Barr to “minimize redactions” to the Mueller report, and would only issue a subpoena for the report itself “if necessary” following a conversation over how much of the report to release publicly.

In a letter to Barr yesterday, six top House Democratic chairs asked Barr to appear before Congress “as soon as possible” after he said he’d be available to testify about the report and his letter summarizing its conclusions in early May.

Last week, Barr — in a letter to lawmakers — said he hopes to release a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report by “mid-April” if not sooner. He is working with Mueller’s office to redact grand jury information, classified material, and anything that would compromise ongoing investigations and the privacy of “peripheral third parties.”

“Full release of the report to Congress is consistent with both congressional intent and the interests of the American public,” the House Democratic chairs wrote in their letter to Barr. “The American people have also consistently and overwhelmingly supported release of the full report.”

While the White House has deferred to the attorney general on how much of the Mueller report to release, and the president has previously called for the release of the full report, Trump and senior White House officials have increasingly criticized Democrats’ demands for more information.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was captured Tuesday afternoon just hours after the Los Angeles police chief stared into a bank of TV news cameras and asked the alleged killer to give up.

The suspect, Eric Holder, 29, was arrested in the L.A. suburb of Bellflower after police spotted him there and detained him without incident, officials said.

Police used surveillance video and social media posts by witnesses to help identify the 29-year-old Holder as the alleged gunman who shot Hussle and two other men on Sunday afternoon in front of the rapper’s clothing store in south Los Angeles.

Prior to his arrest, Moore described Holder as “a man who is a substantial risk to public safety and willing to use violence.”

Moore said that while Holder is believed to be in a gang and that Hussle was also involved in gangs as a youngster growing up in Los Angeles, the slaying stemmed more from a personal dispute between the two men.

“It appears to be a personal matter between the two of them,” said Moore, who declined to detail the specifics of the discord between the two men.

He said security cameras from nearby businesses captured the shooting as it unfolded around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday.

A stamp honoring singer Marvin Gaye is officially on sale.   The stamp made its debut on what would have been the legend’s 80th birthday.   The stamp features a portrait of Gaye, and the stamp sheet is designed to resemble a vintage 45 record sleeve. 

This is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s “Music Icons” series. You can get one for yourself for 55 cents.

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