Ex-prosecutors: Trump would’ve been charged if not president

Ex-prosecutors: Trump would’ve been charged if not president

Also among the prosecutors listed are Paul Pelletier ran for Congress as a Democrat in Virginia past year, and Michael Bromwich, the former inspector general who now represents former Andrew McCabe, the controversial former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who launched at least one of the probes targeting Trump that Mueller ultimately took over.

Mueller also included in his report 10 instances of possible obstruction, including Trump's ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller fired.

Mueller had declined to say one way or the other whether Trump should have been charged, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, as well as concerns about the fairness of accusing someone for whom there can be no court proceeding.

In both cases, President Trump - seemingly petrified of witnesses concerning a report in which he claims to have been exonerated - has tried to suppress testimony from those with the most damning evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice.

Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019, in Washington.

Tensions between the White House and House Democrats have been fueled by disputes over calling administration officials before multiple committees and obtaining an unredacted copy of the special counsel's report as well as information relating to Trump's personal and business finances. The move angered Democrats, nudging them closer to holding Barr in contempt of Congress.

The statement is notable for the number of people who signed it - 375 as of Monday afternoon - and the positions and political affiliations of some on the list.

He argued for why they wanted to bring committee lawyers in there before asking, "What is the attorney general afraid of?..."

Barr said at a news conference last month - and reiterated during his testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee - that he has no objection to Mueller testifying.

As a result, in a letter to Congress describing the principal findings of Mueller's report, Barr wrote that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, determined Mueller's findings were not "sufficient" to prove Mr. Trump committed a crime. Those actions include Trump's efforts to have Mueller fired and to hide it after the fact; his attempts to limit the scope of the Russian Federation investigation; and the president's tweets and public statements aimed at discouraging aides from co-operating with prosecutors. "They will testify. The American people deserve the truth", said Schiff, who has previously stated that he would like Mueller to appear before his panel.

In a resolution filed Monday morning, Nadler recommends that Barr be found guilty of contempt of Congress.

While a contempt vote would send a message, it wouldn't force the Justice Department to hand over the report, nor would it guarantee criminal charges against Barr.

Trump had no luck halting former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying, former Justice spokesman Matthew Miller says. "Today, Trump announced he is opposed to Mueller testifying before Congress".

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