House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries

House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries

McGahn was a key witness for Mueller, but has declined to testify before congressional committees, complying with the wishes of the White House.

"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 objective.

Lawmakers want access to documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation, and for McGahn to testify about what took place inside the White House.

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.

A growing number of Democrats have called for launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has continued to counsel a more deliberate course. His testimony was meant to provide historical context from Watergate to Mueller's findings today. Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently determined Trump had not broken the law.

Joyce White Vance, former United States attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, said, "Mueller was investigating an attack on our democracy by a hostile foreign power, and on multiple occasions, the president tried to thwart it, curtail it, or end it completely, either by removing the special counsel outright or interfering with his ability to gather evidence".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler confirmed Monday that the House Judiciary Committee will "press pause" on its efforts to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.

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"This committee is now hearing from the '70s and they want their star witness back". "The Department of Justice remains committed to appropriately accommodating Congress's legitimate interests related to the Special Counsel's Investigation and will continue to do so provided the previously voted-upon resolution does not advance". They are even bringing in @CNN sleazebag attorney John Dean. "Sorry, no Do Overs - Go back to work!"

"It is nearly unheard of for the Justice Department to release raw evidence to another entity so that the Justice Department can be second guessed", he said.

As a result, Nadler said, his committee would not proceed with plans for a vote by the entire House on Tuesday to hold Barr in criminal contempt.

The DOJ and Judiciary Committee reached a deal Monday, just hours before hearings on presidential obstruction and other crimes were scheduled to begin.

The goal - as Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said in a hearing of his panel on Monday - is for the House to both investigate and keep its calendar clear enough to legislate: "to walk and chew gum at the same time", McGovern said. "It doesn't bother me in the slightest".

The procession of hearings and votes in the week ahead is partly created to mollify anxious Democrats who have pushed House Speaker Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.

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