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House Democrats move to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials and immigration documents

White House directs former aide not to answer over 200 questions in congressional probe House Democrats move to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials and immigration documents
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2019, 15:34

During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing in April, the attorney general claimed to have no knowledge of Mueller's team taking issue with some of his public comments clearing Trump of wrongdoing, but it was later revealed that Mueller had called and sent a letter to Barr expressing concern over his remarks.

"Even if Chairman Nadler still believes subpoenas are conversation starters, it's hard to imagine this handful of subpoenas will do anything but reinforce the principal conclusions we've been able to read about for months", said Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel. "Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen orchestrated a $130,000 payment to Daniels to buy her silence over an alleged affair with Trump".

Pro-impeachment Democrats are facing a battle from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders, and are expecting to get a boost when former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies on July 17. "Many questions remain and it is past time for a full accounting of this policy and practice", Nadler said in a statement. National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, among others.

The Judiciary panel is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice after Mueller's report detailed several episodes in which Trump tried to influence his investigation.

Attorney General William Barr on Monday accused Democrats of trying to create a "public spectacle" by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russian Federation investigation.

As he submitted a summary of the Mueller report to Congress earlier this year, Barr said he had decided, along with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation from its start, that there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute an obstruction case against the President.

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Speaking outside the court on Monday after Epstein's arraignment, Mr Boies told the Mail that Mrs Giuffre was "feeling great". The second image, showing Mr Epstein was taken of him at the launch of Radar Magazine at Hotel QT in New York City.

Other subpoena targets include two executives of American Media, Inc.

Donaldson was stopped from answering questions on a multitude of topics that were central to the former special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction-of-justice investigation into President Donald Trump. But the move appears to be part of an ongoing effort by the executive branch to stonewall any congressional oversight of Trump or the White House, particularly as it relates to Mueller's investigation and the president's finances.

Separately on Tuesday, Felix Sater, a Russia-born business executive who worked with Trump's associates on an effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow, sat down for an interview with staff on the House intelligence committee as part of its probe into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

He was "disappointed" Democrats had issued subpoenas to compel Mueller's testimony.

Still, Democrats have argued that the American people deserve to hear directly from Mueller, and lawmakers across the aisle have said they want to question the former special counsel about some of the decisions he made during the investigation. "If he just says you know what, I'm sticking (to) my report".

Republicans, meanwhile, are likely to grill Mueller about his conclusions, as well as their concerns that senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were biased against Trump and to argue that the origins of his probe were illegitimate and politically motivated.