(Washington, DC-AP) — The House is expected to vote this week to take more action with respect to Russia investigation subpoenas. A Democratic resolution would empower the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce subpoenas the Trump administration has rejected.
Meantime, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Monday the Justice Department has agreed to hand over key documents on obstruction of justice from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
The New York Democrat said a criminal contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Bill Barr has been put on hold.
(Burbank, CA) – Congressman Adam Schiff says President Trump doesn’t want to release for public view the “underlying facts” in the Democratic counter-memo because it undercuts his claims of vindication in the Russia probe. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the California Democrat says, “The President doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication.” FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court application used to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He says he will work with the FBI to redact necessary information from the Democratic memo, which rebuts a document drafted by staff of the panel’s Republican chairman, fellow California Congressman Devin Nunes.
The White House late last week blocked the release of the Democrats’ memo after previously allowing the Nunes memo, which alleged surveillance abuses at the Justice Department, be made public. Schiff is accusing Trump of furthering his own interests by blocking the counter memo saying, “This is a President who puts his own personal interests above the national security interest of the country.”
(SL) – President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has until the end of today to hand over more documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It’s part of the committee’s probe into Russian election interference. The lawmakers are looking for any records of transcripts of Kushner’s interviews with other Congressional committees, anything related to WikiLeaks, his White House security clearance and contact with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.The pressure is getting hotter and hotter with Trump doing everything he can to take the focus off of the probe. Withing the past few days he attacked NFL players once again, started in on immigration and travel bans and today he went to Twitter to bash the networks.
Forty-Five tweeted, “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”
It’s not entirely clear what set off this latest twitter attack. Trump also tweeted “Back in D.C., big week for Tax Cuts and many other things of great importance to our Country. Senate Republicans will hopefully come through for all of us. The Tax Cut Bill is getting better and better. The end result will be great for ALL!”