Trump slams Watergate figure Dean as 'sleazebag' amid Dem testimony

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2019

Monday's hearing, convened by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is billed as: "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes".

"In the coming weeks, other hearings will focus on other important aspects of the Mueller report", Nadler said when he announced the hearing last week.

Nadler's comments come more than a week after Robert Mueller held a press conference at the Department of Justice; refusing to testify before his committee. "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".

"Nixon waded in and tried to influence the FBI investigation as did Trump", he said, pointing to Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017.

With Trump pledging that "we're fighting all the subpoenas", Democratic leaders want to avoid repeated floor votes on contempt resolutions that would detract from their legislative agenda.

"We should never proceed with impeachment for political reasons, " Cicilline, D-R.I., said on "Fox News Sunday".

"They're picking their lawyers from TV now", she said of the House Democrats, adding that Dean had spoken out against Trump's nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. "The Department of Justice remains committed to appropriately accommodating Congress's legitimate interests related to the Special Counsel's Investigation and will continue to do so provided the previously voted-upon resolution does not advance".

The session with Dean begins a series of hearings in which House Democrats are attempting to keep the spotlight on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Barr had defied a subpoena to provide an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with underlying evidence. The committee also fought with Barr over the format of his hearing to discuss the special counsel's report, prompting the attorney general to skip his appearance.

"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.

In a letter last month, Nadler said he was willing negotiate over the scope of the subpoena and accept a smaller subset of documents out of Mueller's evidence, including Federal Bureau of Investigation summaries of key interviews with witnesses and notes from several White House aides.

"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?"

Nadler warned in his statement that if the Department held back "important information", then the committee "will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies".

The contempt vote has been cancelled, the Wall Street Journal reported. If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps'.

"Some enforcement action may be necessary to obtain documents and testimony outside the scope of today's agreement with the Department of Justice, including testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn", Nadler said.

Collins said in the letter that outside of impeachment proceedings, "it is out of order for a member of Congress, in debate, to engage in personalities with the president or express an opinion, even a third party opinion, accusing the president of a crime".

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