Nixon counsel John Dean will testify Trump's actions are 'strikingly like Watergate'

Nixon counsel John Dean will testify Trump's actions are 'strikingly like Watergate'

For weeks, House judiciary committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has been trying to get special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about the Justice Department's two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Some Democrats fear that moving swiftly to impeach the president for allegedly obstructing justice in impeding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe could ultimately bolster his re-election prospects, since it's highly unlikely the GOP-led Senate would vote to convict him of anything.

The deal comes on a day when the Judiciary Committee begins a series of hearings on the Mueller report, with former Nixon White House counsel and Watergate figure John Dean testifying.

In response to the agreement, Nadler said the panel will not vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in criminal contempt, for now. If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything we need, then there will be no need to take further steps. 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. What we don't know yet is how much information Democrats will actually obtain through the kind of disclosures the Justice Department is now making.

Details about which documents would be provided to the committee were not disclosed, but the New York Democrat said the agreement would allow all Judiciary Committee members to see "Robert Mueller's most important files. providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct". The Trump White House has directed McGahn not to cooperate with the committee. McGahn, who is frequently referenced in the report, has defied subpoenas to provide documents and testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

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.

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Nadler said that both his fellow Democrats and Republicans would be given access to the documents, which he would begin sharing with committee members this evening.

The Mueller report plainly stated that the special counsel found evidence of presidential-level obstruction: Trump tried on multiple occasions and through multiple aides to hinder, limit and even end the probe. Mueller said in the report that he could not exonerate Trump on that point.

The agreement indicates that the Trump administration is not stonewalling Congress, the committee's top Republican, Representative Doug Collins, said.

With Trump pledging that "we're fighting all the subpoenas, " Democratic leaders want to avoid repeated floor votes on contempt resolutions that detract from their legislative agenda.

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