House panel votes to subpoena Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2019

In addition to Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House advisor, the officials include former attorney general Jeff Sessions and his former deputy Rod Rosenstein, and former White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The committee's resolution also authorizes subpoenas for testimony and documents related to the Trump administration's policies related to immigration enforcement on the U.S. -Mexico border when it comes to family separation and child detention.

"We can not be a credible voice on proliferation of nuclear security while we're abandoning the very deals we had negotiated", Biden said.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the witnesses are government officials who worked in close proximity to President Donald Trump or those outside the government who have "critical information" related to allegations of obstruction of justice and public corruption detailed in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report released in April.

Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, lashed out at what he called a "subpoena binge" by Democrats simply scoring cheap political hits rather than conducting effective oversight.

'Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller...' Barr also said the Justice Department would seek to block any attempt by Congress to subpoena members of the special counsel's team.

"There are a handful of good questioners on both sides but only a handful", he said in remarks Thursday on Fox News' "The Story."

Next week on Capitol Hill, legislators are anticipating the first opportunity to question Mueller about his years-long investigation into 2016 alleged Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

"Today is the chairman's chance to show he has what it takes and will not wilt when the spotlight is brightest", Collins said.

The committee is divided between the haves and have-nots, Republicans said. Rep.

The president added of the Democrats: "Enough already, go back to work!"

Mueller wrote that he would have exonerated Trump if he could, but he wasn't able to do that given the evidence he uncovered. Democrats had a choice: Should they push for unlimited testimony with the risk that Mueller would continue to refuse to appear and potentially defy a subpoena?

He also indicated that it is up to Congress to launch impeachment proceedings to determine if Trump committed a crime. It's likely that not every member will get to question Mueller, a point that raised ire among Republicans at the committee meeting. "Wednesday will be here before we know it and we need to make sure that we utilize that time in the most effective and most efficient way".

A little more than four months ago, Nadler's committee cast a wide net for documents from an array of 80 individuals and entities, seeking information on a range of inquiries into Trump's administration, campaign, business and personal finances.

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