Justice Department to release Mueller documents to Congress, House chair says

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2019

The House moved to hold Barr in contempt after he refused to turn over Mueller's full unredacted report due to constraints imposed on him by federal law.

The deal comes on a day when the Judiciary Committee begins a series of hearings on the Mueller report, with former Nixon White House counsel and Watergate figure John Dean testifying. "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".

Mueller did not formally charge Trump when he concluded his investigation in March, citing Justice Department restrictions, and left it to Congress to determine whether the president had committed an impeachable crime. The entire House was expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for not complying with the subpoena. "These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel".

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., praised Nadler on Monday for negotiating with the Justice Department "for the first time in months". All members of the Judiciary Committee-Democrats and Republicans alike-will be able to view them.

"Is the chairman prepared to rescind his baseless recommendation to hold the attorney general in contempt, or do House Democrats still plan to green light lawsuits against the attorney general and former White House counsel tomorrow?" The Trump White House has directed McGahn not to cooperate with the committee.

Dean says he'll focus on the question of obstruction of justice in his testimony. It concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Dean has no role in the Russian Federation investigation, but Trump, unable to shake accusations that he obstructed justice, has lashed out, calling him a "sleazebag attorney" in a Democratic effort to "redo" the Mueller investigation.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that", Mueller said. Mueller said that while the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion blocks a president from indictment while in office, "the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse the president of wrongdoing".

Giuliani's comments were in response to Pelosi's remarks in a closed meeting last week with top Democrats about whether to start impeachment proceedings against the president.

The agreement marks a rare moment of compromise between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, who have been seeking materials from Mueller's two-year investigation, which examined Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and whether Trump tried to undermine the probe.

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