Nixon counsel John Dean will testify Trump's actions are 'strikingly like Watergate'

10 June, 2019, 21:49 | Author: Wade Massey
  • House Democrats struggle for solid footing following Mueller report

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday he has struck a deal with the Justice Department to begin providing Congress with some documents from the Mueller Report related to obstruction of justice.

As lawmakers continue to discuss possible impeachment proceedings against Trump, the Justice Department relented after almost two months of stonewalling and said it will provide evidence related to Trump's possible obstruction of Mueller's probe, said committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. "Given our conversations with the Department, I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now", Nadler said.

House Democratic leaders had scheduled a floor vote for Tuesday on a resolution authorizing Nadler's committee to enforce its subpoenas against Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in federal court.

Nadler said a lawsuit may yet be necessary. Trump has vowed to fight congressional subpoenas.

Released in mid-April, Mueller's report found Russia meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election and that Trump's election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials. While Dean pointed out that the Mueller report found no conspiracy that Trump engaged in the conspiracy with the Russians, he also said he doesn't believe Nixon himself was involved in the actual break-in and bugging during Watergate. Barr has said he is required by law not to release evidence obtained from grand jury proceedings but Democrats have argued that he can ask a judge to make those materials public.

"The Mueller Report was a disaster for them", Trump wrote.

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Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the agreement indicates the Trump administration is not stonewalling Congress.

Monday's hearing, convened by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is billed as: "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes".

During a typical tirade against House Democrats on Sunday evening, President Trump took aim at a new character: the former White House counsel under President Richard Nixon.

Billionaire Tom Steyer's "Need to Impeach" group on Monday announced it was targeting a dozen additional House Democrats to try to pressure them to support impeaching President Trump, as calls for impeachment grow from some quarters on the left.

And in responding to the Mueller's report finding that Trump directed McGahn to have Mueller fired over purported conflicts of interest (something McGahn never did), Dean said, "This is much like Richard Nixon's attempt to get me to write a phony report exonerating the White House from any involvement in Watergate..."

He became a household name during the Watergate era, when as White House counsel he agreed to help prosecutors.

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