House Democrats vote to authorize subpoenas for White House officials on immigration

House Democrats vote to authorize subpoenas for White House officials on immigration

The list of people the resolution would allow him to subpoena includes Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Homeland Security secretary and White House chief of staff John Kelly. The Democratic-led House panel is sure to face continued opposition from the president's administration, which has already barred certain officials like former White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Communications Director Hope Hicks.

The subpoenas - which were approved Thursday but have yet to be issued - will call on several current and former Trump administration officials to testify before the committee. Prosecutors allege that Howard and Pecker were involved in deals to silence Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

"We've got to be strategic, we've got to understand why we want to talk to him in the first place and that's to get answers to some unanswered questions", Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., told The Hill.

Republicans spoke out against the subpoenas.

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, said the new batch of subpoenas is "a chance for the chairman to prove to his rank and file, and the rest of the Democratic caucus, he can be tough on the Trump administration after being pushed around for six months".

"These subpoenas make no sense at all", Collins tweeted Thursday.

The scrupulously tight-lipped Mueller will testify publicly in back-to-back hearings beginning next Wednesday, despite previously saying he considered his report the only testimony he needed to give on his work.

As lawmakers work out details behind the scenes of how the upcoming hearing on Capitol Hill with former special counsel Robert Mueller will be carried out, Rep.

He issued a report, a redacted version of which was made public in April, that concluded the Trump campaign had not colluded with Russian Federation during the election. Mueller said he couldn't exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.

Separately, a Democratic aide said staff members have been watching old videos of Mueller testifying as Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also cited Justice Department guidelines which prevent a sitting executive from being indicted.

Mueller will appear before lawmakers in both public and private sessions next week after House Democrats issued a subpoena for his appearance. Democrats are counting on Mueller's appearance to reinvigorate their sputtering investigations, which some of them see as a prelude to a potential impeachment inquiry.

The stern, reticent former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has said he won't answer questions beyond what is in the report on Russia's election meddling and the Trump campaign and possible obstruction of justice when he comes to Congress on July 17.

Mueller, at the time, declined to take questions from reporters and made clear that his testimony would not go beyond what was written in his 448-page report.



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