(Washington, DC-AP) — A House panel is authorizing a dozen subpoenas to people with links to President Trump. New York Democrat Jerry Nadler said the subpoenas cover the Trump administration’s actions on immigration and alleged obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. Nadler chairs the judiciary panel. Georgia Republican Doug Collins called it a “subpoena binge” and “another trek down an empty road.” The subpoena list includes former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Kushner is the President’s son-in-law. Others on the subpoena list include former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The head of the House Judiciary Committee is warning former White House Counsel Don McGahn to appear at a hearing today. In a letter to McGahn, Chairman Jerry Nadler said the committee is “prepared to use all enforcement mechanisms” to make him testify.
The Democrat-led committee has already issued a subpoena to force McGahn to testify and if doesn’t, the panel could hold him in contempt. McGahn’s lawyer says he plans to respect President Trump’s request to not testify.
The committee wants to ask McGahn about his testimony in the Mueller investigation.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Burbank, CA-AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the Mueller report does not vindicate President Trump. Talking with reporters in Burbank today, Congressman Adam Schiff called it condemnation.
The California Democrat also called parts of the Mueller report “damning.” Schiff said the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller raises legitimate questions about whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice.
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Schiff said it is up to lawmakers to continue the investigation. In an earlier news briefing, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler called the Mueller report a road-map for Congress. Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Nadler and Schiff said Democrats will continue to demand access to Mueller’s full, un-redacted report.
Meantime, Schiff accused Attorney General Bill Barr of misrepresenting key parts of the Mueller report, saying he committed a “grave disservice to the country.” He noted that Barr is not President Trump’s personal lawyer.