Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House Judiciary Committee approves subpoenas for 12 witnesses in Trump probe

House Judiciary Committee approves subpoenas for 12 witnesses in Trump probe

Included on the list are Trump's son-in-law, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; former Attorney General Jeff Sessions; and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The committee is investigating the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Over the past several months we have held hearings and sent letters to the agencies of jurisdiction regarding a series of catastrophic and inhumane immigration policies", Nadler said.

The 21-12 party-line vote authorizes Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler to issue subpoenas for current and former officials who lawmakers believe witnessed the president's attempts to obstruct justice or otherwise abuse his power.

The top Republican on the panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, criticized Nadler's handling of the investigations, with a jab that other committees had already called in some of the witnesses. Democrats are expected to press Mueller about whether Trump sought to obstruct his investigation. At a news conference in May, Mueller said the team chose the words in the report carefully and that the work speaks for itself.

"That would be the main question I would ask him, what in his mind happened that did not clear the president and give him a clean bill of health to not get indicted or impeached?"

Trump also chided Democrats for plans to hear testimony from Mueller next week about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of the probe by Trump.

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"We will not rest until we obtain their testimony and documents so this committee and Congress can do the work the Constitution and the American people expect of us", the New York Democrat said at the beginning of the markup.

"Here we are again for another episode of premature subpoena authorizations, brought to you by the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee", Collins said.

In a 448-page report, Mueller said the Trump campaign had numerous contacts with Moscow, though the investigation did not find sufficient evidence to show conspiracy.

The panel also authorized subpoenas for executives of American Media Inc., which was involved in hush-money payments to women who alleged that they had affairs with Trump.

Barr acknowledged he had previously said he did not object to Mueller testifying.

Other Republicans used the meeting to vent about the strict constraints that members are poised to face during next week's hearing with Mueller.

"Mueller, more than any human in Washington D.C., means what he says and says what he means", Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut Democrat and a member of the House intelligence committee, told The Washington Times. "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".

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