Democrats calling for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report now rather than waiting for the redacted version are engaging in "political theater," Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., said Wednesday.
"[William Barr] has said he will release the report," Rep. King told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "He is doing his job now as attorney general to take out what he believes is any information in there which might be scandalous and not relevant or would violate grand jury rules. That report will be submitted."
If Democrats are dissatisfied at that time, they can take action, King said.
"We heard for two years, 'wait for the Mueller report,'" said King, but for Democrats to subpoena the report now is "unseemly and wrong and abuse of the power of Congress."
He added nobody has questioned Barr's integrity until now, when "the Democrats didn't get what they wanted," and if Barr is subpoenaed to release the report, he should not comply.
King also discussed President Donald Trump's comments about shutting down the border, saying if he takes that action, he hopes it is done "surgically."
"It could cause severe economic dislocation," King said. "It should be done in a way that will have the least impact on the United States economy."
Further, before he shuts down the border, everyone needs to be on Trump's side before he announces it, including members of Congress, but both sides are locked and "that is wrong," King said.
"I'm not that confident about Congress right now," King said. "Maybe this crisis will wake some people up."
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