Ohio Democrats look ahead to Mueller testimony

Ohio Democrats look ahead to Mueller testimony

The committee also authorized subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials related to the "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that led to the separation previous year of migrant families who crossed the southern border illegally.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.

"Next week, a hearing on one of the largest, most talked about investigations in two years, and this committee got rolled", Collins said. He later added that the format of the Mueller hearing was "an important question", but that he was "not going to add to the diversion of attention from the two crucial subjects we have here".

"Beyond what I've said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department before Congress", he said. "It is a chance for the chairman to prove... he can be tough on the Trump administration after being pushed around".

The subpoena list also includes Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, in addition to some of Mueller's key witnesses: former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

The House panel also approved subpoenas for David Pecker and Dylan Howard, executives at American Media Inc., a company reportedly involved in the president's "hush money" payments to women claiming to have been romantically involved with him, though Nadler has yet to actually issue those subpoenas.

Many Democratic lawmakers have already said publicly that they support beginning formal impeachment proceedings against Trump following the revelations from the 400-page report Mueller released in April about his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "The Committee will also move forward with our efforts to request information from critical witnesses as part of our ongoing investigation into obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by the President and his associates".

While both former Mueller advisers are no longer in the special counsel's office - and the DOJ may not actually be able to block their testimony - Attorney General William Barr already threatened in an interview with the Associated Press earlier this week that he would step in to resist any subpoena aimed at Mueller's deputies.

"When Robert Mueller leaves Capitol Hill, I think the American people will see that there was no collusion and there was oceans of bias", Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News this week.

"There is no substitute for primary evidence as the Committee makes its decisions, which is why we have sought documents and testimony from (those officials)", Nadler said.

The House Judiciary Committee authorized a battery of subpoenas tied to President Donald Trump's possible obstruction of justice, as well as the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families.

"If the goal truly is to get the information or testimony, our chairman is failing us, but, as I've repeatedly said, if the goal is political theatre, Chairman Nadler is winning", Collins said.

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