Republicans mocked the effort as nothing more than a political game, especially with Attorney General William Barr expected to turn over details in coming weeks.
"This seems like a counter-intuitive way to conduct oversight,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who noted that the Justice Department might turn over the redacted report as early as next week.
"What's the rush?" Collins asked with a tone of frustration in his voice. "Spring break?"
"You are now asking for documents you know you cannot have," said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), as Republicans cited restrictions on evidence in the law governing the work of Special Counsel Mueller.
"It seems to me we're here because the Mueller report wasn't what the Democrats thought it was going to be," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), though Democrats challenged him on that point.
“The House Judiciary committee’s demand that Attorney General Barr release the Mueller report -- including grand jury testimony and classified information -- is dangerous and ridiculous,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
It was not immediately clear when Democrats would use the subpoenas for the full Mueller report, which the Attorney General has said will be out by mid-April.
In a March 29 letter, Attorney General Barr made clear that he would turn over as much of the Mueller report as possible, but that certain material would be removed:
+ Evidence from grand jury proceedings
+ Classified information
+ Material related to ongoing investigations
+ Information related to 'peripheral third parties'
“The American people have a right to know the findings of the Mueller investigation,” said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM).
“The Attorney General needs to hand over the Mueller report,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
But it wasn't clear that Democrats could force the hand of the Attorney General in this case, leaving open the possibility of a legal challenge in the courts - and more political battling in the weeks and months ahead.