House Judiciary Committee Holds Mueller Hearing on 'Presidential Obstruction'

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Jerry Nadler of NY, said on Monday he has reached a deal with the Department of Justice about turning over evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller's report relating to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

"Is the chairman prepared to rescind his baseless recommendation to hold the attorney general in contempt, or do House Democrats still plan to green light lawsuits against the attorney general and former White House counsel tomorrow?"

Nadler announced Monday that the Justice Department agreed to release to his committee some of the underlying evidence from the Mueller report. An earlier version of this story did not explain that the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment, but President Richard Nixon resigned as president before a House vote could take place.

It's not at all clear how this deal fits into the big picture of the struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration.

The House Judiciary Committee had issued a subpoena for Mueller's unredacted report and all of the special counsel's evidence, and then voted to hold Barr in contempt last month.

'If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies.

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During an event honoring the victor of the Indy 500 at the White House Monday, President Donald Trump reacted to this afternoon's House testimony from former Nixon White House counsel John Dean. "It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs, ensuring no one is above the law and bringing the American public the transparency they deserve". Trump has made that assertion repeatedly, echoing Barr's judgment that there was not enough evidence in the report to support a criminal obstruction charge. Mueller said there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction.

He added that he knows the committee would want to hear from witnesses who are part of Mueller's report, but the "Trump administration is making it as hard as possible for anybody on the House side to do anything to learn about what their activities were or are".

Dean, 80, has called Trump "worse than Nixon", especially in how he handled Mueller's investigation.

The session with Dean begins a series of hearings in which House Democrats are attempting to keep the spotlight on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

The contempt vote is reportedly still scheduled for Tuesday, despite the agreement, Politico reported.

"Today's good faith provision from the administration further debunks claims that the White House is stonewalling Congress, which Chairman Schiff's successful negotiations with the Justice Department already showed", Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said in a statement.

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