U.S. Justice Department to turn over Mueller report evidence

Saul Bowman
June 12, 2019

It also would empower committee chairmen to take legal action to enforce subpoenas without a vote of the full House, as long as they have approval from a bipartisan group of House leaders.

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. Criminal contempt would be referred to the justice department, where it would certainly be rejected. In the courts, meanwhile, Democrats have scored some early wins over Trump.

The political backdrop for the House vote on Tuesday was the dispute among Democrats about how to respond to Mueller's findings. Pelosi, D-Calif., prefers to continue the investigations and see where they lead.

A growing number of Democrats have called for launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to counsel a more deliberate course.

The Democrats further worry that impeachment would weaken the ability of United States imperialism to carry out its aggressive and militarist agenda around the world, which they fully support.

Approval of the resolution is all but certain as Democrats control the House 235-198, but it is unclear what Nadler will do after the vote.

The vote comes a day after House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced he had struck a deal with the Justice Department to provide some documents from the Mueller report to the Judiciary Committee.

In a letter sent to Nadler last week, however, the Department of Justice said that it was willing to resume negotiations with House Democrats, but only if the contempt proceedings against the attorney general are halted and reversed.

"The department will share the first of these documents with us later today", Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a statement Monday.

Nadler did say, however, that if "important information is held back", then the committee would have "no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies".

"This committee is now hearing from the Seventies and they want their star witness back", he said. But he said McGahn is another matter. "He should begin to co-operate immediately or face the consequences". Many lawyers believe the president's claim in these circumstances is weak because Mueller's report has been released publicly, albeit with redactions.

Mueller said he couldn't reach a conclusion on whether there was obstruction and also said he found "insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy" on election interference.

Monday, Nadler's panel heard testimony from former White House counsel John Dean, who served under former President Richard Nixon. He likened the Mueller report to the "Watergate road map" that brought down Nixon.

"John Dean's been a loser for many years", the President told reporters, adding: "You can't impeach somebody when there's never been a thing done wrong".

The argument for the necessity of impeachment just grew stronger, and it had nothing to do with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's evidence.

Republicans have criticized the hearings as a waste of time and have called for Democrats to move on.

"I don't even want to talk about him", she said".

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