US House to Vote on Mueller Probe Lawsuits After Deal For Documents

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But the House would still vote on a resolution on Tuesday that would empower the committee to file a civil lawsuit for the materials, if Democrats chose to do so. Watch live in the player above.

Some Democrats fear that moving swiftly to impeach the president for allegedly obstructing justice in impeding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe could ultimately bolster his re-election prospects, since it's highly unlikely the GOP-led Senate would vote to convict him of anything.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller's most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct", Nadler said in a Tuesday statement.

"Every day, Donald Trump grows more unstable and more unsafe, and members of Congress are the only ones with the power to protect the American people and our democracy", he said.

Nadler said that under the deal with Justice he will hold off on a threat to bring criminal contempt charges against U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Nadler said a lawsuit may yet be necessary and added that Tuesday's vote may force former White House counsel Don McGahn, a central figure in Mueller's report, to testify. He said the "good-faith provision" from the administration to turn over the documents "debunks" claims the White House is stalling Congress.

A ropeline dividing Trump from reporters was unusually close to the president, suggesting a desire to take questions from a press corps eager to talk to the president who'd been overseas in the UK, France and Japan for the better part of three weeks. Trump last month torpedoed a meeting with Democrats on infrastructure, saying he could not work with them as long as they were conducting multiple investigations of him.

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At that point, President Trump would have the opportunity to assert executive privilege in a bid to protect them from release. "We have plenty of time to do that when we're back home", she said.

Pelosi said at a policy conference Tuesday that Democrats' strategy is "legislating, investigating, litigating", in that order.

Dean said the last time he testified before the House Judiciary Committee was July 11, 1974, almost 45 years ago. Dean, a CNN contributor, is a vocal critic of Trump and has called for his impeachment.

The Democrats further worry that impeachment would weaken the ability of USA imperialism to carry out its aggressive and militarist agenda around the world, which they fully support.

Monday, Nadler's panel heard testimony from former White House counsel John Dean, who served under former President Richard Nixon.

In his leadoff testimony, Dean pointed to parallels between Trump's actions and the efforts of Nixon to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate special prosecutor.

"They're picking their lawyers from TV now", she said of the House Democrats, adding that Dean had spoken out against Trump's nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

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