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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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Mueller confirms report did not exonerate Trump of obstruction

Mueller confirms report did not exonerate Trump of obstructionFormer special counsel Robert Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his investigation did not exonerate President Trump of obstruction of justice charges.



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Mueller said Trump was 'not exculpated' for obstruction of justice. The dictionary responded

Mueller said Trump was 'not exculpated' for obstruction of justice. The dictionary respondedMerriam-Webster tweeted the definition of 'exculpate' in response to Mueller's remarks



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Mueller Says Trump Could Be Charged with Obstruction after He Leaves Office

Mueller Says Trump Could Be Charged with Obstruction after He Leaves OfficeDuring Wednesday congressional testimony, former special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers that President Trump could in fact be charged with obstruction of justice, but only after he leaves office."Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?" Republican representative Ken Buck asked Mueller during the latter's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee."Yes," Mueller responded simply."You believe you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?" the Colorado Republican asked."Yes," Mueller answered. "The OLC [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion says that the prosecutor, while he cannot bring a charge against a sitting president, nonetheless can continue the investigation to see if there are any other persons who might be drawn into the conspiracy."> "Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?"> > Robert Mueller: "Yes."> > "You could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?"> > "Yes." t.co/CXfCvYspNV MuellerHearings pic.twitter.com/3HPs9FVFbn> > — ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2019The report describing the results of the nearly two-year probe stated that Mueller's team did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump team and the Kremlin, but left open the question of whether the president had obstructed justice during the investigation. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later concluded that there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.The special counsel's decision not to reach a conclusion in the report on the obstruction issue has roiled both Republicans and Democrats, with the former accusing Mueller of leaving the door open to speculation on the matter while the latter seeming unsatisfied letting the Trump administration's Justice Department have the final say.Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee later in the day for further questioning.



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Mueller: A president can be charged with obstruction of justice after leaving office

Mueller: A president can be charged with obstruction of justice after leaving officeRobert Mueller did not make a recommendation for or against obstruction charges for Trump, and instead discussed the Justice Department policy.



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Trump says Mueller should not be allowed to testify about investigating possible obstruction of justice

Trump says Mueller should not be allowed to testify about investigating possible obstruction of justiceDonald Trump has said Robert Mueller should not be allowed to testify to congress about his investigation into the president’s possible obstruction of justice and links to Russia.“Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple,” the president tweeted, after Mr Mueller appeared in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday.“In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt. Result of the Mueller Report, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”The president has repeatedly hit out at Mr Mueller as “conflicted” – without evidence – as well as calling the investigation into Russia election interference a “witch hunt”. The aim for Mr Trump has always been to undermine Mr Mueller’s credibility throughout the two-year probe.Mr Mueller’s report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy but did find evidence Mr Trump had potentially obstructed the investigation.Presenting his report in May, the then-special counsel indicated he was prevented from indicting a sitting president – saying such an action was “not an option” – because of the legal opinion of the Justice Department.He did not use the word “impeachment” but said it was the job of congress to hold the president accountable for wrongdoing.> Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple. In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt. Result of the Mueller Report, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!…> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 22, 2019“But the questions should be asked,” the president said in a second tweet on Monday. “Why were all of Clinton’s people given immunity, and why were the text messages of Peter S and his lover, Lisa Page, deleted and destroyed right after they left Mueller, and after we requested them(this is Illegal)?”Mr Trump was referring to Peter Strzok, who led the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server. He also worked on Mr Mueller's probe into the president's possible campaign links to Russia. Mr Mueller is expected to testify before congress in back-to-back hearings on Wednesday in a move that could potentially lead the Democrat-led House of Representatives to begin formal impeachment inquiry proceedings. In a statement preparing for the upcoming testimony, house judiciary committee chair Jerrold Nadler said the testimony would provide “very substantial evidence” against Mr Trump.“This is a president who has violated the law six ways from Sunday,” said Mr Nadler, a New York Democrat, on Sunday. He added: “We have to present – or let Mueller present – those facts to the American people … because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law.”Mr Mueller has said he does not intend to reveal anything more than what he laid out in his nearly 400-page report. But many Democrats in congress will hope the public testimony could push forward the case for impeachment when he is asked about the 10 examples of the president's alleged obstruction of justice. Republicans are likely to follow a similar line of questioning line to Mr Trump, and ask Mr Mueller about his team.



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Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstructionDemocrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans’ attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump’s conduct. The examples from the Mueller report include Trump’s directions to White House counsel Donald McGahn to have Mueller removed and, later, orders from Trump to McGahn to deny that happened.



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Trump committed obstruction of justice and should be indicted, says Fox News analyst in devastating attack

Trump committed obstruction of justice and should be indicted, says Fox News analyst in devastating attackFox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has broken down allegations Donald Trump obstructed justice in a scathing video published this week. While the president’s favourite network often features hosts defending him against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Mr Napolitano asserted he was guilty of obstructing justice amid the years-long federal probe.“When the president asks his former adviser and my former colleague KT McFarland to write an untruthful letter to the file knowing the government would subpoena it, that’s obstruction of justice,” he said in the video. “When the president asks Cory Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, to get Mueller fired, that’s obstruction of justice.”Mr Napolitano continued breaking down the special counsel’s report, which noted at least 10 examples of possible obstruction on the part of the president. “When he dangled the pardon in front of Michael Cohen in order to keep Cohen from testifying against him, that’s obstruction of justice,” he said, before adding, “Why not charge him?”He also penned a damning Op-Ed this week that refuted Attorney General William Barr’s analysis of the report. Mr Barr has cleared the president of wrongdoing and said he would not be filing any charges against him. “On obstruction, Barr is wrong,” Mr Napolitano wrote. “The president's job is to enforce federal law.”“If he had ordered its violation to save innocent life or preserve human freedom, he would have a moral defence,” he continued. “But ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behaviour is unlawful, defenceless and condemnable.”The comments arrived nearly a week after the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mr Mueller’s report, which found an extensive, multi-pronged operation conducted by Russian operatives throughout the 2016 election to sway voter attitudes against Hillary Clinton and in favour of Mr Trump. House Democrats have issued subpoenas for the full report, meanwhile, calling on Mr Barr and Mr Mueller to testify before committees investigating Russian interference and the president’s financial dealings.



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UPDATE 7-House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive' obstruction; Trump vows to fight

UPDATE 7-House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive' obstruction; Trump vows to fightThe Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of a “unprecedented, and growing pattern of obstruction” after he ordered federal employees not to comply with congressional investigations. The Republican president ordered officials not to obey legal requests from the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which is carrying out multiple investigations of his administration, including his tax returns, White House security clearances and the probe of Russian interference in U.S. politics. “President Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up – without any assertion of a valid legal privilege,” Representative Elijah Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.



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Trump repeatedly tried to impede the Russia probe, Mueller report said. Was it obstruction?

Trump repeatedly tried to impede the Russia probe, Mueller report said. Was it obstruction?Special counsel Robert Mueller detailed episodes in which President Trump sought to frustrate the investigation of Russian election interference.



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