US House Committee Authorizes Subpoenas of Trump Officials

US House Committee Authorizes Subpoenas of Trump Officials

US House Committee Authorizes Subpoenas of Trump Officials

The committee also authorized subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials related to the "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that led to the separation a year ago of migrant families who crossed the southern border illegally. Numerous officials on the subpoena list are featured prominently in the special counsel's report, and Democrats say they need to speak to them as they debate whether to begin an impeachment inquiry. Republicans, meanwhile made their complaints loudly known at a Thursday hearing to vote on subpoenas, repeatedly criticizing House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler for agreeing to limit the length of the hearing in order to get Mueller to testify. "I mean, the hearing goes until everybody's had an opportunity to ask a question".

Collins, too, ripped the tentative hearing format. Despite the limitations Mueller placed on his own testimony, Democrats insisted the American public be allowed to watch him respond to questions for the first time since he was appointed special counsel in May 2017. "It is a chance for the chairman to prove... he can be tough on the Trump administration after being pushed around".

The dozen witnesses - which also include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former Trump aide Rob Porter and former chief of staff John Kelly - all delivered key testimony to the special counsel about Trump's attempts to stop the Russian Federation probe into him and his associates.

Democrats moreover authorized a subpoena for David J. Pecker, who as head of American Media helped Mr. Trump in the end of the 2016 presidential advertising campaign remove the silence of a pornographic film actress and a extinct Playboy model, each and every of whom claimed to beget had sexual relationships with him. The committee also wants to hear from Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. "How many bites at the apple do they get more working on Border Loopholes and Asylum", Trump wrote.

But the latest list of subpoena targets shows the committee is now taking a different tack by also seeking witnesses who didn't serve in the Trump administration or are outside of government altogether.

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. "We have been doing that through pursuing the unredacted Mueller reporter and key related witnesses and documents", Nadler said.

The subpoena request comes amid ongoing Democrat efforts to find evidence of crimes committed by President Trump, such as alleged obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

"I hope the special counsel's testimony marks an end to the political gamesmanship that Judiciary Democrats have pursued at great cost to taxpayers", Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement following the news that Mueller would appear before Congress.

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