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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:12 am

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House Intelligence Committee subpoenas Flynn, Gates

The House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former deputy Trump campaign chairman Rick Gates, two of former special counsel Robert Mueller's most important cooperators.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the two men "refused to fully cooperate with Congress."

The subpoenas demand that Flynn and Gates provide documents to the committee by June 26 and appear for sworn testimony on July 10. Flynn and Gates are both still cooperating with prosecutors on various criminal matters and have yet to be sentenced. Both pleaded guilty to crimes connected to Mueller's probe.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:58 am

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Ex-Trump aide Hicks to be the first star witness for House committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hope Hicks, once a close aide and communications director for President Donald Trump, becomes on Wednesday the first member of his inner circle to testify to the congressional panel leading a probe into possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Democrats who control the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee believe Hicks can provide important insights into troubling chapters of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s efforts to interfere with the investigation.

“She’s our first fact witness,” said Jamie Raskin, a Democratic lawmaker on the committee. “Having somebody talking about what happened from a personal perspective will be a dramatic debut for the committee.”

Hicks, who was one of Trump’s closest aides during the 2016 campaign and the first 14 months of his presidency, was subpoenaed to testify and is due to appear at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) on Wednesday, the committee said.

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Post by Kendra » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:37 am

Thread.



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NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports on @MSNBC that Hope Hicks is answering *some* questions from the House Judiciary Committee not related to her time in the West Wing.

The W.H. counsel reps in the room are raising concerns about presidential immunity regarding all other questions.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:47 am

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Judiciary chair: Hicks broke with Trump on accepting foreign dirt on opponents

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks told lawmakers Wednesday that President Trump’s statement about accepting political dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign entities was troubling and that she believed he was "serious" when he said it, according to a written statement by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Nadler offered details about Hicks's closed-door interview – a transcript of which is expected to be released later this week – in his prepared opening remarks for a hearing Thursday focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“His invitation to foreign actors is so alarming that even one of his most loyal former aides, Hope Hicks, knew that the president's statement was troubling,” read a copy of Nadler's prepared opening statement.

“Yesterday, during her transcribed interview, Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the president to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections,” Nadler continued. “She also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI.”

Nadler did not read the line from the statement when he delivered his remarks Thursday, however.

“We heard some relevant testimony about this in the Hicks interview yesterday and we will be releasing that transcript soon," he said instead when referencing Trump's remarks on accepting foreign dirt.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:11 pm

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John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress

Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.

White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump’s director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.

“Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?” CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.

“There is no such thing as absolute immunity for anybody to appear before Congress,” he replied. “When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Nixon case, they absolutely said that there was no absolute privilege, rather it had to be weighed in each instance as to the needs for those who are asking for the information and the person who’s resisting giving the information.”

“Absolute privileges are very rare in the law. And they’re always this balancing process. This total immunity is part of the so-called executive theory of unitary executive theory that will theoretically make the person immune to Congress. And that just doesn’t play in our system.”

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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:16 pm

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House Judiciary Cuts Deal with Top McGahn Aide

“The House Judiciary Committee appears to have reached a deal with former White House aide Annie Donaldson that would allow her to not appear before the committee by a Monday deadline and answer written questions instead,” CNN reports.

“The testimony of Donaldson, who was chief of staff for then-White House counsel Don McGahn, has been of high interest to House Democrats given her first-hand knowledge of key events. Donaldson said she took copious notes, which the committee believes will bolster its probe into potential obstruction of justice.”

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Post by tek » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:26 pm

Hm. Well.

I suspect this is gonna just be more circus smirkus, but I guess I'm hopeful for more.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:28 pm

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White House blocks key Mueller witness from answering more than 200 questions from House investigators

House Democrats’ hopes of making Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn, a star witness in their investigations of President Trump were dashed as White House lawyers blocked her from answering more than 200 questions about potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Donaldson affirmed the accuracy of colorful and striking notes she made while working in the White House — notes that former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III cited 65 times in his report that described 10 episodes that raised concerns about possible obstruction.

But Trump administration lawyers barred her from elaborating on her thinking at the time she captured several exchanges between Trump and her boss — including one note in which she scribbled concern that Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as FBI director would trigger the end of his presidency.

In total, the White House blocked Donaldson from answering 212 questions, according to her written answers. The committee received them this past weekend and released them on Monday.

That situation underscores the difficulty Democrats have faced as they try to bring the Mueller report to life — challenges they hope will evaporate next week when Mueller testifies publicly about his findings for the first time.

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Most transparent president in history, my ass.
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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:51 am

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Schiff: Gates, Flynn negotiating with committee about testifying, won't meet subpoena deadline

Former Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates — one of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s crucial cooperators — has begun providing documents to the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday night.

The California Democrat said Gates and his attorney have been negotiating with the committee about the former campaign aide testifying in person, as well, “and we believe we’re making progress.”

The panel has also contacted a lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, another Mueller cooperator, about scheduling an appearance as well.

The Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed both Gates and Flynn to provide documents and appear for testimony by Wednesday, but Schiff acknowledged that neither man would meet that deadline. Flynn, in particular, has recently seemed to shift legal strategies, dumping his team of lawyers in favor of a prominent critic of the Mueller investigation.

Prosecutors recently dropped plans to call Flynn as a star witness in a case against a former business partner. That could affect the timing of his intelligence committee testimony as well, Schiff noted.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:01 pm

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House Judiciary approves subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including Jared Kushner

The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 crucial witnesses as part of House Democrats’ ongoing investigations targeting President Donald Trump.

On a party-line vote, the committee empowered Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to issue subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials who were central figures in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

The subpoena list also includes Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, in addition to some of Mueller’s key witnesses: former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

The panel also authorized subpoenas for executives of American Media Inc., which was involved in hush-money payments to women who alleged that they had affairs with Trump. Nadler has not indicated when or whether he’ll issue the subpoenas.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:39 pm

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House Democrats Subpoena a Who's Who of Mueller Witnesses

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a dozen new subpoenas targeting a who's who of witnesses cited in Robert S. Mueller III's report as Democrats sought to elevate their showdown with President Trump over episodes of possible obstruction of justice documented by the special counsel. The panel also approved a separate group of subpoenas seeking information about the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their families at the border. And House Democratic leaders set Tuesday for a full House vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress over their refusal to relinquish documents related to the administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

"The House will not shirk from its oversight of this administration and its malign effort to silence the voices of millions in our democracy," said Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, referring to fears that a citizenship question would dissuade immigrants from answering the census.

Among the prominent figures to be subpoenaed by the Democrats are Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general; Rod J. Rosenstein, his deputy who appointed Mr. Mueller, the special counsel; John F. Kelly, the former White House chief of staff; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser; and Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager. Democrats also authorized a subpoena for David J. Pecker, who as head of American Media helped Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign buy the silence of a pornographic film actress and a former Playboy model, both of whom claimed to have had sexual relationships with him.

Despite rancorous Republican opposition, Democrats who control the committee were able to push the subpoena authorizations through along party lines -- promising to jump-start two of their highest-priority oversight investigations of Mr. Trump and his presidency. The first is an inquiry into whether Mr. Trump's attempts to impede federal investigators studying his campaign's ties to Russia constituted obstruction of justice or an abuse of power. "The committee on the judiciary has a constitutional obligation to investigate credible allegations of misconduct," Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee, said as he opened the hearing. "There is no substitute for primary evidence as the committee makes its decisions."

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/17/barr-ro ... -vote.html
U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay a planned vote later on Wednesday to hold the pair in criminal contempt.

The expected vote is in response to the Trump cabinet members failure to comply with congressional subpoenas involving the administration’s since-abandoned plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census.

In a joint letter, the pair asked the vote be postponed to “allow the constitutionally mandated accommodation process to continue.”
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Post by Turtle » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:50 pm

Fuck that, take the vote.

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Judiciary sues to enforce McGahn subpoena,

Full text of Complaint.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/07/politics ... ndex.html
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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:15 am

So, the Judiciary committee sued just McGahn personally.

So who represents McGahn and who directs the litigation?

Do Trump and the DOJ have standing to intervene?

I don't see any incentive for McGahn to take a hard line and run up 100's of thousands in legal bills unless Trump or the DOJ tender a defense for him or somehow intervene in the case.
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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:29 pm

Mother Jones - Dan Friedman
House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn

The subpoena comes as Trump’s ex-campaign manager mulls a Senate bid.


Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who on Thursday got an apparent endorsement from Trump for a possible Senate bid in New Hampshire, recently received something else: a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee.

House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that the panel subpoenaed Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn, a former campaign aide and White House deputy chief of staff for policy, for public testimony on September 17. The committee is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to shut down former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the campaign’s contacts with Russia.

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Post by Kendra » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:36 pm

:popcorn:

Might be worth tuning in to his campaign thing today to see how Lewandowski is handling this.

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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:40 pm

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Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says 'happy' to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said on Friday that he was “happy” to testify before the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee as part of a congressional investigation of the Trump presidency.

The panel, which is considering whether to recommend Trump’s impeachment, subpoenaed Lewandowski on Thursday as a witness to an alleged attempt by the president to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after the 2016 election.

Now a private citizen, Lewandowski said he looked forward to the chance to testify as “a guy who’s going to fight back” against Democratic claims of wrongdoing by Trump.

“I am an open book. I want to go and remind the American people that these guys are on a witch hunt, right?” Lewandowski told Fox News Radio. “Never did I say I wasn’t coming.”

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Post by Turtle » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:38 pm

That's what they all say, before they sleep through the alarm and miss the hearing.

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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:37 am

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House panel subpoenas third former Trump adviser within two weeks: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House aide Rob Porter to testify about alleged efforts by President Donald Trump to impede a federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the panel’s plans.

Porter, who will be the third former Trump adviser to draw a congressional subpoena in two weeks, will receive a subpoena directing him to testify before the Democrat-led panel as part of a congressional investigation that could ultimately lead the House of Representatives to impeach Trump.

On Aug. 15, the panel subpoenaed Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn to testify about the president’s alleged efforts to pressure then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to direct U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation away from the 2016 Trump campaign.

Whether the White House will seek to block the testimony of Porter and Dearborn is not clear, as it has that of former White House Counsel Don McGahn and other one-time Trump White House aides. Lewandowski, a Trump confidante who has never served on the White House staff, has said he will testify on Sept 17.
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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:41 pm

Judiciary.house.gov (press release)
HOUSE JUDICIARY ASKS JUDGE TO EXPEDITE RULING FOR TESTIMONY OF FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DON MCGAHN

Aug 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee filed a motion to expedite the ruling in the lawsuit to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify before the Committee as part of its impeachment investigation into obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by President Donald Trump and his associates.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement:

“As the Committee moves forward with its efforts to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the President, we will do everything in our power to hear from those who directly witnessed President Trump’s crimes outlined in Special Counsel Mueller’s report. We have made clear that Don McGahn’s testimony is the most crucial because of his central role in witnessing the President’s multiple acts of obstruction of justice.

“President Trump and the White House have repeatedly blocked witnesses from complying with Committee subpoenas and documents and continue to attempt to stall progress in the courts. We are aware of this strategy to prevent Congress and the American people from hearing the truth about Trump’s obstruction which is why expediting Mr. McGahn’s testimony is so very important. We look forward to the Judge considering our request.”

Text of today’s motion is available here.

The text of the original complaint is available here. Below are excerpts from the original filing:
McGahn is the Committee’s most critical witness.

McGahn’s refusal to testify is depriving the Committee of a witness and information that are essential to its investigation, thereby impeding its ability to exercise its essential Article I functions. That includes the most urgent duty the legislative branch can face: determining whether to recommend articles of impeachment.

The day before McGahn’s required appearance before this Committee, pursuant to the subpoena at issue in this litigation, the White House purportedly directed McGahn not to appear on the basis of so-called “absolute immunity” from compelled testimony. Although that claim has no basis in law and has never been accepted by any court, McGahn refused to appear before this Committee as required by his subpoena.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:27 pm

Talking Points Memo
Schedule For McGahn Testimony Battle Puts Impeachment Inquiry In A Time Crunch

The legal battle over former White House counsel Don McGahn’s congressional testimony will last through at least the end of October, Politico reported, citing a new schedule issued by Judge Ketanji Brown Tuesday.

As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s inquiry into whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Democrats are suing to compel McGahn to cooperate with their subpoena for testimony. The federal judge’s new timetable will put the panel in a bit of a time crunch, given there are only 16 days that Congress is still in session after Oct. 31. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has previously said he wants his committee to decide whether to recommend impeachment before the December recess begins.

McGahn was a crucial witness in the obstruction of justice portion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. House Democrats sued after McGahn refused to comply with their subpoena, following President Trump’s directive that he and other top aides have complete immunity from cooperating with congressional subpoenas.

Just last week, House Democrats asked that the consideration of their lawsuit be expedited.

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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:13 pm

Daily Beast
House Democrats Set to Grill Corey Lewandowski in Public

Lewandowski will answer questions in an open hearing with the cameras rolling—making him the first Trump associate to do so before Jerry Nadler’s committee.

Corey Lewandowksi, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager and a key figure in his political orbit, is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee where he will be questioned in a public hearing on Sept. 17, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Lawmakers are interested in pressing Lewandowski for more information on the instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president that were outlined in Robert Mueller’s report. Though Lewandowski did not hold a White House job, he figures prominently in Volume 2 of the report, which found that Trump asked his former campaign chief to press then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to curb the special counsel’s investigation.

In August, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoena for testimony from Lewandowski, who has publicly said he’d be happy to testify and, as he put it during a Fox News radio interview, “remind the American people that these guys are on a witch hunt, right?" ...

Unlike Hicks, however, Lewandowski will answer questions in an open hearing with the cameras rolling—making him the first Trump associate to do so before Nadler’s committee. The spectacle may inject some life into Democrats’ impeachment investigation, which Nadler and other leaders have made far more explicit over the summer ahead of a crucial crossroads this fall.

The committee also served subpoenas for two other Trump associates—deputy White House chief of staff Rick Dearborn and former White House staff secretary Rob Porter—to appear on Sept. 17, too. No testimony from either of those former officials has been confirmed.

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