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US House to Vote on Mueller Probe Lawsuits After Deal For Documents

US House to Vote on Mueller Probe Lawsuits After Deal For Documents

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Monday held the first in a planned series of hearings on the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and possible collusion by the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and his aides.

President Trump has exerted executive privilege over the entire report.

McGahn refused to testify last month or hand over documents requested by the House, in defiance of the subpoena.

Contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General William Barr are suspended for the time being following news that the Department of Justice has reached a subpoena compliance agreement with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller's most important files to us, 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", Nadler said in a Tuesday statement.

"I did make the point that when I worked at that committee many years ago, they actually accomplished things because the Republicans crossed the aisle ... we accomplished things like amending the '64 civil rights act, the voting rights act of '65, the 18-year-old vote and the 25th Amendment", Dean said.

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It would also empower committee chairmen to take legal action to enforce subpoenas in the future without a vote of the full House, so long as they have approval from a bipartisan group of House leaders.

"Given our conversations with the Department, I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now. We have plenty of time to do that when we're back home", she said. "The DOJ determined that President Trump did not obstruct Justice". And Democrats have been encouraged by some early wins in court as Trump has broadly fought congressional oversight.

The Committee's leadoff witness was John Dean, former White House Counsel under President Richard Nixon during Watergate.

Trump, apparently watching the televised hearing, tweeted, "Can't believe they are bringing in John Dean, the disgraced Nixon White House Counsel".

Mueller also outlined 10 instances in which Trump, who has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch-hunt", attempted to interfere with the investigation. But he said that in any event Trump could not have been charged because a Justice Department policy prohibits filing criminal charges against sitting presidents. Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently determined Trump had not broken the law.

When asked if she would support an inquiry if a majority of her caucus wants to go forward with it, the speaker dismissed the question, saying that "it's not even close in our caucus" and later saying, "why are we even speculating on hypothetical?"