Jul 9, 2019

House Democrats to target Trump administration with subpoenas for 12 Mueller witnesses

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The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday to subpoena the Trump administration on two fronts: their ongoing investigations into President Trump's potential obstruction of justice and his administration's immigration policies.

The big picture: These subpoenas "will jolt two of the Democrats' highest-profile oversight investigations into Trump and his administration and are certain to further inflame relations with the White House," reports the Washington Post.

Regarding obstruction of justice, they would be authorized to subpoena 12 former and current officials from the Trump administration, including Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Regarding immigration, the committee would be authorized to subpoena documents relating to family separation practices, the holding of children and family and discussion of presidential pardons for Department of Homeland Security officials.

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House Democrats have voted to subpoena 12 Mueller witnesses with ties to the Trump administration, as well as officials involved with child separation at the U.S. border

Why it matters: This is an escalation for Democrats and a show of their investigative priorities for the remainder of President Trump's term in office.

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Just minutes into his back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill, former special counsel Robert Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his report did not exonerate President Trump of obstruction of justice.

The big picture: Just a half-hour before the hearing began, Trump tweeted, "NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!" Mueller had previously stated at a press conference in May that he "would have said" if his office was confident the president did not commit a crime.

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5 big moments from Robert Mueller's House Intelligence testimony

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Following Wednesday morning's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which largely focused on allegations of obstruction of justice by President Trump, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Intelligence Committee on efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

What's new: Mueller told Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) that he didn't subpoena President Trump for an interview "because of the necessity of expediting" the investigation. "If we did subpoena the president, he would fight the subpoena and we would be in the midst of the investigation for a substantial period of time."

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