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House Democrats to get some Mueller evidence, Trump calls witness 'sleazebag'

House Democrats to get some Mueller evidence, Trump calls witness 'sleazebag'

"House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report", reports Fox News. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the special counsel's report didn't present sufficient evidence to establish that Trump committed obstruction of justice.

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. "Given our conversations with the Department, I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now", Nadler said. If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything we need, then there will be no need to take further steps.

Tuesday's vote is still happening and the text of the resolution will not change, according to a senior Democratic aide, but Nadler said the committee would not take court action against Barr unless the Justice Department stopped cooperating.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec praised Nadler's decision.

Details about which documents would be provided to the committee were not disclosed, but the New York Democrat said the agreement would allow all Judiciary Committee members to see "Robert Mueller's most important files. providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct".




The committee was also calling for information relating to former White House counsel Don McGahn, also threating to hold him in contempt.

"This appears to be part of a strategy to turn the Committee's oversight hearings into a mock-impeachment inquiry rather than a legitimate exercise in congressional oversight", ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee Rep.

The deal emerged after months of rocky negotiations between the committee and the Justice Department over the committee's subpoena for the full Mueller report and its underlying documents. Mueller did not reach a determination on whether Trump tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing FBI Director James Comey.

The contempt vote is reportedly still scheduled for Tuesday, despite the agreement, Politico reported. Mueller's report noted that the investigation was looking into "criminal conspiracy as defined in federal law, not the commonly discussed term 'collusion'".

The dispute escalated to the point of a subpoena, which Barr rejected with a recommendation that Trump invoke executive privilege - the doctrine that permits a presidential administration to shield some of its internal workings from public view.

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