Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

U.S. House panel to authorize subpoenas for Trump aides

House Democrats move to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials and immigration documents Barr: Mueller's Hill testimony will be 'public spectacle'
Patty Aguilar | 10 July, 2019, 15:32

The announcement from the Judiciary Committee comes as lawmakers on that panel and the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to hear directly from Mueller himself next week for the first time about his almost two-year investigation into Russia's election interference, alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and whether the president obstructed justice.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (L), White House chief of staff John Kelly (C) and White House staf secretary Rob Porter look on after US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation calling for a national day of prayer on September 3 for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2017. The resolution would authorize Mr. Nadler to issue the subpoenas, but it doesn't automatically issue them. Mueller pointedly said he would have exonerated Trump if he could have.

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

The committee has also subpoenaed David Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc, which publishes the National Enquirer, for testimony about hush money payments made during the campaign to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump.

The House of Representatives committee will also consider subpoenas for documents and testimony relating to a separate probe of Trump immigration policies, including family separation. "We will get answers one way or the other", Rep.

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According to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), this is a move to have oversight over the Trump administration. In December 2018, prosecutors from the Southern District of NY said AMI admitted to "working in concert" with the Trump campaign to keep Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, quiet about an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.

The questions included what actions the president took that led officials to become concerned that he would fire then-FBI Director James Comey; efforts by Trump to prevent the recusal from the Russian Federation probe of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions; and calls from the president to McGahn seeking the removal of Mueller because of perceived conflicts of interest.

The committee, under Democratic control, is likely to vote to issue these subpoenas, although Republicans on the committee are expected to dissent. Shortly after McAleenan took over, Trump told him he'd pardon him if he were to find himself in trouble for blocking people legally seeking asylum, people familiar with the conversation told AP.

Sater worked with Cohen on the skyscraper deal before the 2016 election. Mueller wrote that there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but detailed extensive contacts between the two.

The project was later abandoned, and Cohen is now in prison, partly on charges that he lied to Congress about the duration of the project. When asked if he knew how much Trump knew of the project, he said he didn't know. Schiff said Tuesday that neither would appear this week but the panel was still in negotiations with both of them.

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