House to vote on holding Barr, McGahn in contempt next week

House to vote on holding Barr, McGahn in contempt next week

The top Republican on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday called for hearings into interference by Russian Federation and others in the 2016 election and beyond, on the heels of a statement https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-text/u-s-special-counsel-muellers-statement-on-russia-probe-idUSKCN1SZ23Q by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ahead of presidential elections next year.

The judiciary committee of the US House has already voted in favour of holding Barr in contempt of Congress, sending it for further actions. McGahn, one of the most-cited witnesses in the report, has been directed by the White House to defy the Judiciary panel's subpoenas for documents and testimony.

A redacted 448-page version of Mueller's report released in April concluded that Russian operatives sought to influence the U.S. presidential election in 2016, but it did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russia.

The Democratic Nationwide Committee is aloof pressing forward with a lawsuit alleging the Trump campaign actively colluded with Russian Federation and WikiLeaks to acquire and publish DNC emails - nonetheless the campaign is citing the Mueller legend itself to argue they have no case.


While Nadler has explained his members' viewpoint to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, neither have officially come out in support of an inquiry. Some Democrats at a leadership meeting late Monday indicated they welcomed the contempt vote, according to people familiar with the private session, though it is unlikely to quell calls for impeachment hearings against Trump.

The first hearing will take place on June 10 and include former White House Counsel John Dean, in addition to former US attorneys and legal experts, the committee said in a press release.

Schiff still wants Mueller to testify, saying he has a "final duty" to appear before Congress, even though the special counsel indicated in a rare public statement last week he would prefer to simply have the report speak for itself. Negotiations over Mueller's testimony are ongoing. Similarly, Mueller's words were a direct refutation of the subtler, but still misleading attempts of Attorney General William Barr to downplay all the presidential misdeeds detailed in the report.

Byron York, mimicking Donald Trump and Trump supporters, is trying to claim that the Mueller report exonerates the president and indicates a turning point wherein the report is now irrelevant.


Republicans criticized the decision to hold hearings, with North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows calling the move "another openly desperate move to resuscitate a dead collusion conspiracy".

The House must pursue the issue of Trump's obstruction of the Russian investigation.

In May, the legal team for Trump's campaign demanded the DNC withdraw its lawsuit alleging a conspiracy between Trump and Russian Federation after the release of Robert Mueller's report. He aided prosecutors in the cover-up case involving Nixon.


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