Russia: House committee to see Mueller evidence

Larry Hoffman
June 12, 2019

"Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress", the committee's chairman, Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, said on Monday in a statement announcing the vote.

The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted to authorize lawsuits in pursuit of materials related to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department agreed to give both Democrats and Republicans access to the files.

Trump's comments came the same day John Dean, the former White House counsel to Nixon, testified before the House Judiciary Committee and drew comparisons between the president and his former boss. In the courts, meanwhile, Democrats have scored some early wins over Trump.

"The department will share the first of these documents with us later today", Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a statement Monday. Pelosi, D-Calif., prefers to continue the investigations and see where they lead.

But he said that in any event Trump could not have been charged because a Justice Department policy prohibits filing criminal charges against sitting presidents. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted such calls, saying she prefers continued investigations by several House committees.

When pressed on whether she believes the President has committed crimes in office, Pelosi said special counsel Robert Mueller's report demonstrates evidence of obstruction of justice, but then declined to talk about it further.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the committee, said the Justice Department will provide some of Mueller's "most important files" and all members of the committee will be able to view them.

House Democrats originally meant to vote Tuesday on whether to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress.

On Tuesday, the House has scheduled the vote to authorize lawsuits against Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn for failing to comply with subpoenas from the Democratic-controlled House. "If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies".

Trump's former White House counsel Donald McGahn, in fact, has refused to testify because the White House told him not to. However, the Oversight Committee's GOP members have accused Democrats of miss-stating how Kobach was involved in the census question. But he said McGahn is another matter.

"You need an agency that is credible, has consistency in its rule making, and is science-based", Thomas said, adding that he believes his old boss, Reagan, would want the agency to recommit to its original goal. "He should begin to co-operate immediately or face the consequences".

Mueller outlined a number of instances in which Trump, who has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch-hunt", attempted to interfere with the investigation. But the report found insufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow.

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee heard from John Dean, a former White House counsel whose testimony helped bring down former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

Dean told the panel there were parallels between Mueller's investigative report, released in redacted form in mid-April, and a 1974 document, known as the Watergate Road Map, in which a special prosecutor laid out the case against Nixon.

Dean was appearing on Anderson Cooper's CNN program Monday night after his Monday testimony, and Cooper asked if he expected Republicans like Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz to attack him. He added his oft-repeated claim, "No Collusion - No Obstruction!"

Moreover, Collins and other Republicans said, Democrats are at sixes and sevens trying to sustain the Russian Federation imbroglio long past the point at which Washington and the country have moved on.

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