Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump's Justice Department to release some Mueller evidence to Congress: Nadler

Trump's Justice Department to release some Mueller evidence to Congress: Nadler

For weeks, House judiciary committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has been trying to get special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about the Justice Department's two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he will hold off on a threat to bring criminal contempt charges against Attorney General William Barr, as long as the Justice Department continues to provide materials sought by his committee.

As lawmakers continue to discuss possible impeachment proceedings against Trump, the Justice Department relented after almost two months of stonewalling and said it will provide evidence related to Trump's possible obstruction of Mueller's probe, said committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

The news comes hours before Democrats were to start a series of hearings meant to galvanize public attention on the findings of the Russian Federation investigation.

It appears the agreement will reach beyond the redacted sections of the Mueller report that have been a source of so much contention and include background materials such as witness interviews and White House documents cited in the report. It's unclear if the Democrats still plan to proceed. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the special counsel's report didn't present sufficient evidence to establish that Trump committed obstruction of justice. The White House has asserted executive privilege and asked McGahn to not testify before the committee.

"It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs", he said in a statement.

Democrats want to hear more, and that is what had set the stage for the vote expected Tuesday on contempt for Barr. A person familiar with the exchange confirmed the account to The Associated Press.

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of a handful of members who pleaded with Pelosi last month to start an inquiry, said the votes and hearings are going to be enough, for now, as they wait to see what happens in court.

"I am very satisfied that things are moving in the right direction, " Raskin said.

Just last week, Nadler refused to back-down from his renewed calls for more investigations into the Trump administration; asserting Mueller's report had evidence of "multiple crimes". The Mueller report, issued in March, outlined several "episodes" in which it said Trump may have done the same. We do know that if there's anything tantalizing in the Mueller investigation details, Team Trump will dismiss it as irrelevant or exonerating.

Republicans are poised to defend the president at the hearings and challenge Democrats on the decision not to open impeachment hearings.

The agreement indicates that the Trump administration is not stonewalling Congress, the committee's top Republican, Representative Doug Collins, said. "The rules are clear on this point".

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