U.S. House approves authority to sue Trump advisers who ignore subpoenas

U.S. House approves authority to sue Trump advisers who ignore subpoenas

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler signalled on Monday that they will hold off on suing Barr after the panel struck a deal with the Justice Department to receive some underlying materials from Mueller's report.

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.

Napolitano also said the deal "proved the president correct", because he has decried the House's investigation into his actions as a "do-over" of the Mueller investigation, which Napolitano says is "exactly what the Democrats want to do".

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

"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.

According to Nadler's statement, the evidence would include "interview notes, firsthand accounts of misconduct and other critical evidence" collected by Mueller in his probe into collusion and obstruction of justice allegations against the President Donald Trump campaign and administration.

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

But the House would still vote on a resolution on Tuesday that would empower the committee to file a civil lawsuit for the materials, if Democrats chose to do so.

"If the department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps", Nadler said in a statement.

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"In all of our investigations, the White House has not produced one single shred of paper in response to our requests", House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings said.

McGahn is in "a particularly Fvulnerable situation" as a private person no longer employed by the government, Jeffries said.

Later Monday, Trump lashed out at Dean and Democrats who continue to push for evidence of obstruction of justice that could ultimately be used to try and remove the president from office through impeachment.

Thus, they chose Nixon-era White House Counsel John Dean, who played a key role in the Watergate crisis and forced resignation of Nixon, as their main witness on Monday.

Pelosi repeated her previously expressed view that impeachment of Trump is "not off the table", but stopped short of saying whether she has an obligation to mount an impeachment inquiry.

"It's said often that history doesn't repeat itself, it rhymes, and we heard a lot of rhymes yesterday when you put in perspective what the Trump administration has done in just, you know, three short years compared to what we saw during the Nixon administration", Swalwell told host Alisyn Camerota.

The president's comments came as former White House counsel and Watergate star witness John Dean testified before the House Judiciary Committee on what he called striking parallels between Trump and Nixon.

Pelosi said on Tuesday she has decided not to fire back at the president and instead said she "doesn't even want to talk about him".

Democrats predicted that Nadler would move quickly to compel McGahn's testimony before his panel about the Republican president's efforts to impede Mueller's investigation. "That's why these proceedings are moving so slowly: Robert Mueller closed up shop a little too early in the election cycle".

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