House Debates Contempt Lawsuits For Trump Investigations


The House resolution being considered Tuesday would authorize lawsuits against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for defying subpoenas pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Trump satisfied the demand, ripping into Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean, who'd been testifying all day on Capitol Hill.

A growing number of Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment in light of special counsel Robert Mueller refusing to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice. But with Tuesday's vote to authorize civil legal action, Democrats made clear that they are still willing to go to court if necessary to obtain Mueller's full report and the underlying evidence.

In related news, the House Oversight Committee said on Monday it plans to vote on Wednesday on whether to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for stonewalling a probe into an alleged scheme to politicize the 2020 U.S. Census.

Republicans scoffed at the idea of going ahead with the vote after the Justice Department agreed to provide the access that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., had been trying to get.

Nadler said all lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee will start reviewing the newly transferred documents as soon as late Monday. "John Malcolm, on the other hand, played the role of Trump defender and said of the President "...some laws apply differently to him and some don't apply at all".

McGahn was a key witness for Mueller, but has declined to testify before congressional committees, complying with the wishes of the White House.

Mueller's report found Russia meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election and that Trump's election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

"President Nixon never got there. We will have testimony about that", said Nadler.

Nadler's announcement comes after the Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt last month, after the Justice Department did not comply with a subpoena seeking access to an unredacted version of Mueller's Russian Federation report, as well as underlying documents and evidence.

She also continued to brush back questions about impeaching Trump, saying "it's not even close" to having enough support among House Democrats for a vote.

Collins said to the witnesses before pivoting to Dean specifically: "This committee is hearing from the 70s and they want their star witness back".

President Trump has exerted executive privilege over the entire report.

Dean told the panel there were parallels between Mueller's investigative report, released in redacted form in mid-April, and a 1974 document, known as the Watergate Road Map, in which a special prosecutor laid out the case against Nixon. In fact, Dean, a convicted felon, has repeatedly charged that past Republican presidencies, including Reagan, Bush, and now Trump, are "worse than Watergate".