John Dean Laughs Off Attacks from Republicans at Hearing: ‘They’re All Flamethrowers’

Justice Department agrees to hand over underlying evidence from Mueller report

After opening statements from Nadler and Collins, John Dean compared specific findings in the Mueller report to Watergate.

On Monday, the Judiciary panel heard from former White House counsel John Dean, who was instrumental 46 years ago in the downfall of another US president, Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace in 1974. Dean testified that Mueller's report is to Trump as the Watergate grand jury report was to his former boss. He added that all members of the committee will be able to view the materials.

Gohmert started by reading Dean's criminal record from an old New York Times article: "They reported that in your case, John Sirica, the judge, read the formal charges regarding the conspiracy to thwart the investigation and he read as follows: that you were suborning perjury, giving false statements, and concealing evidence in the trial before Judge Sarika last winter".

Much of the legal argument is likely to revolve around President Donald Trump's ability to assert "executive privilege" over the information Barr and McGahn would convey in questioning before the House Judiciary Committee.

While acknowledging he was not a "fact witness" on the Mueller report, Dean highlighted similarities he saw between the two presidents, particularly on the matter of pardons and whether they were used to obstruct justice.

"That is very, very serious, and we need to get to the bottom of it and we need to know who participated in that from Russian Federation, from the United States or from both", Hoyer said.

That ban has extended beyond the Mueller report to Democratic investigations into the administration's attempt to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census, issues related to Trump's immigration policy, Trump's business affairs and other matters.

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On Monday, the House reached a deal for the Justice Department to turn over crucial documents collected from the Mueller investigation.

In April, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The United States House of Representatives is poised to vote on Tuesday on a resolution that would make it easier for Democrats to sue Trump administration officials and other individuals who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas. But a House vote will give them increased standing if they do decide to file lawsuits.

Rather than seriously challenging Trump's rejection of the constitutional principle of congressional oversight-or any of his other authoritarian actions-and his de facto refusal to recognize the results of the 2018 midterm elections, which transferred control of the House to the Democrats, the Democrats have chose to proceed with hearings that have the character of political theater.

Meanwhile 59 percent of respondents said Trump obstructed justice, while 35 percent disagreed.

"Democrats are abandoning their duty to confront foreign interference in our elections in favor of drawing out their slanderous campaign against the president", he said.

"You can't impeach somebody when there's never been a thing done wrong", he said at the White House.

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