House Judiciary Committee votes to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2019

The committee agreed to an amended resolution by a party-line vote of 21-12.

Even though the committee authorised the subpoenas, they may not get what they want.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrives for a House Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2019. White Home officers would possibly possibly per chance try to intervene to block testimony from a amount of those subpoenaed on Thursday who are contemporary or extinct high-level administration officers, as they beget with other witnesses.

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.

The announcement from the Judiciary Committee comes as lawmakers on that panel and the House Intelligence Committee prepare to hear directly from Mueller himself next week for the first time about his almost two-year investigation. Though the logistics for the high-stakes hearing are in flux, Judiciary Committee leaders are eyeing a format in which only 11 members on each side of the aisle get to question Mueller, excluding the committee's more junior members.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, was among the members who described a format that would have Mueller leave to appear before the House Intelligence Committee, a smaller panel where all members are expected to have time to ask questions. Nadler tried to avoid engaging with the Republican lawmakers, but did say he would "entertain any reasonable discussions". Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko, a junior Republican on the panel, said the decision to exclude some members from questioning is "just plain wrong".

It also includes former White House deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs Rick Dearborn, Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt, former White House aide Rob Porter, lawyer Keith Davidson, Dylan Howard, who oversees the National Enquirer, as well as its publisher David Pecker. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California has been demanding the FBI provide his committee with a briefing on the FBI's counterintelligence investigations related to Trump and Russian Federation.

The committee also wants to hear from Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. "The Committee will also move forward with our efforts to request information from critical witnesses as part of our ongoing investigation into obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by the President and his associates".

The hearing is being billed as a make-or-break moment for Democrats pressing for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry into the President, with advocates predicting his appearance will convince the public of the seriousness of the alleged crimes detailed in the sweeping report.

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