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Impeachment inquiry doesn't entitle House committee to grand jury evidence in Mueller report, DOJ says

Impeachment inquiry doesn't entitle House committee to grand jury evidence in Mueller report, DOJ saysDOJ told a federal judge that a House committee investigating Trump is not entitled to grand jury evidence from Mueller's investigation



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House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence directorThe chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday evening that the committee will require that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.



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Congress committee subpoenas Trump envoy to Taliban talks

Congress committee subpoenas Trump envoy to Taliban talksThe chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday issued a subpoena to the Trump administration’s envoy to the U.S.-Taliban talks, demanding that he testify at an open congressional hearing next week. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., complained that the Trump administration was keeping Congress and the American people “in the dark” about negotiations with the Taliban, which have broken down. Engel issued the subpoena to compel Zalmay Khalilzad to testify Sept. 19.



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Texas mass violence committee members receive death threats

Texas mass violence committee members receive death threatsTop leaders of a new Texas House committee that is addressing issues related to gun violence in the wake of two local mass shootings say some of its Republican members have received death threats. The threats mark the latest confrontation Republican lawmakers have faced by gun rights supporters in Texas, which already has some of the most permissive gun laws in the U.S. Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez, the vice chairman of the panel, said the lawmakers were targeted “by people who do not want to see any movement on gun issues.” Nevarez declined to comment Wednesday on who the lawmakers were and did not know if they reported the threats to law enforcement.



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Here's what the Democratic National Committee doesn't understand about the Iowa caucuses

Here's what the Democratic National Committee doesn't understand about the Iowa caucusesThe DNC should reconsider its blanket prohibition on telephone caucuses or rethink its requirement for an absentee caucus process.



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House Judiciary Committee to investigate Trump's desire to use his Doral resort to host next G-7 summit

House Judiciary Committee to investigate Trump's desire to use his Doral resort to host next G-7 summitThe House Judiciary Committee has concerns relating to the Constitution's Emoluments Clauses, which restrict the president from receiving things of value from foreign or domestic governments. Trump has dismissed ethical concerns about possibly hosting world leaders at one of his resorts next year.



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Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction Probe

Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction ProbeThe House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House staff secretary Rob Porter as part of its probe into President Trump's alleged attempts to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Politico reported Monday.Porter, who resigned last year amid allegations of domestic abuse, served as a close confidante to the president during the Mueller probe and, as such, might be a valuable witness for House Democrats seeking to expose Trump's misconduct as they weigh whether to begin impeachment proceedings.The White House has thus far blocked senior White House officials from complying with lawmakers' oversight requests, asserting that high-level officials enjoy “absolute immunity” from testifying before Congress. That claim is now being challenged in the courts by Democrats seeking testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.Porter is mentioned multiple times in the Mueller report. In one section that will likely be of particular interest to lawmakers, the report details how Trump asked Porter to speak with senior Department of Justice official Rachel Brand about supervising the Mueller probe as a corrective to attorney general Jeff Sessions's recusal.The former White House aide never carried out the president's request “because he was sensitive to the implications of that action and did not want to be involved in a chain of events associated with an effort to end the investigation or fire the special counsel,” according to the report.Porter was also present for, and took contemporaneous notes related to, Trump's repeated diatribes against McGahn. According to the Mueller report, some of those rants included threats to fire the White House lawyer over his adherence to a policy of cooperation of with the special counsel's office, and his refusal to author a dishonest letter falsely denying a New York Times report that indicated the president ordered him to fire Mueller.



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Donald Trump 'richly deserves' to be impeached, says top Democrat on House committee

Donald Trump 'richly deserves' to be impeached, says top Democrat on House committeeDonald Trump "richly deserves" to be impeached, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which can unilaterally launch proceedings to remove the president from office has said. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has previously said that Mr Trump was guilty of committing "high crimes and misdemeanors" – the benchmark for impeachment – but these were his strongest comments yet. "My personal opinion is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment," Rep. Nadler told CNN's 'State of the Union'. "He has done many impeachable offences, he's violated the law six ways from Sunday." Rep. Nadler stopped short of joining a growing number of House Democrats calling for a full impeachment inquiry when pressed on his comments, but was steadfast on his general position. "The question is, can we develop enough evidence to put before the American people? We have broken the logjam. The president and the attorney general were lying to the American people constantly." Rep. Nadler has signalled privately he believes impeachment hearings should begin  Credit: Reuters In comments to aides and other members of the Judiciary committee, Rep. Nadler has signalled he has gradually become convinced the panel should proceed with impeachment hearings. He has nonetheless not staked that opinion publicly, in part because of opposition from top Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the lack of support from the Senate. "Too much has been made of the phrase 'an impeachment inquiry'," Rep. Nadler said on Friday. "We are using our full Article I powers to investigate the conduct of the president." The duelling positions illustrates the growing tension within the Democratic Party that will be a struggle to reconcile, particularly in the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony. Mr Mueller appeared before two House committees last week in nationally televised hearings and said the president wanted him fired because of his investigation – an impeachable offence. The testimony convinced more than half a dozen Democratic lawmakers to throw their support behind impeachment proceedings, pushing the overall number in favour in the House to 101. But a majority of the Democratic caucus remained skeptical of what would be a polarising move, leading Ms Pelosi to urge caution. "We will proceed when we have what we need," she said. The Democratic-led Judiciary Committee, which Rep. Nadler oversees, has been flirting with the idea of impeachment for some time, and has subpoenaed dozens of witnesses and documents. In a major escalation on Friday that drew fury from Mr Trump, the panel asked a federal judge to unseal grand jury testimony that formed the backbone of Mr Mueller's two-year probe. “My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment,” House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler says. Nadler calls the Mueller hearing an “inflection point,” saying that “we now have to get further evidence…as we consider articles of impeachment.” CNNSOTUpic.twitter.com/g5BiQ9Lacc— CNN (@CNN) July 28, 2019 The Mueller report concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the results of the 2016 election but did not clear the president of obstruction. Mr Mueller decided not to pursue an obstruction charge against Mr Trump in part because of the Department of Justice guidelines that prevent the indictment of a sitting president.  The result of the legal action to gain access to secret grand jury evidence rests on Judge Beryl Howell applying a precedent that dates back to the impeachment of president Nixon. Release of Watergate evidence was deemed lawful in 1974 because it fell under an exception authorising disclosure of grand jury material “in connection with a judicial proceeding”. On Sunday, Rep. Nadler rejected the suggestion House Democrats were running out of time to launch formal impeachment proceedings because of the forthcoming 2020 presidential election. "We have to defend the Constitution against these kinds of unconstitutional and illegal deeds," he said. "We have to do this, whatever time frame there is." Rep. Nadler did not address whether Mr Trump should be prosecuted for possible obstruction of justice or other alleged crimes after leaving office, but suggested he might be in favour. "Anyone else who had done what he did would have been indicted on a charge of at least five different major crimes," Rep. Nadler said. "And a president who is immune from prosecution by virtue of the Justice Department's saying… should be prosecuted after he leaves office. Or at least impeach him, if you can prove those crimes."



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Senate Appropriations Committee approves $4.6B for border

Senate Appropriations Committee approves $  4.6B for borderThe measure passed with a 30-1 vote, with only Sen. Jeff Merkley opposed.



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House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Ex-WH Counsel McGahn

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Ex-WH Counsel McGahnHouse Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler subpoenaed former White House counsel Donald McGahn on Monday, days after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report drew attention to McGahn's assertion that President Trump directed him to have the Justice Department fire Mueller.Nadler said he considers McGahn, who left the White House in October, a "critical witness" in his committee's probe of the president and his associates, which is focused in part on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. Mueller declined to reach a conclusion on that question in his final report, which was released with redactions on Thursday."Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report. His testimony will help shed further light on the President's attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same," Nadler said in a statement.The New York Democrat requested that McGahn submit the documents the Committee has requested by May 7 and testify by May 21.Trump has railed against the report since its release, making particular reference to notes McGahn claimed to have taken during his time in the White House and subsequently provided to Mueller's team."Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue," he wrote on Twitter on Friday. "Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed."



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