resident Trump says “it never ends” after it was announced last night
that Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17.
Speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo this morning, the president slammed the bias within the special counsel team, many of whom had financially supported Democratic candidates–including Hillary Clinton.
“We had no obstruction we had no collusion we had a report that was–considering you had 18 people that hated Donald Trump and you had Mueller who obviously was not a Trump fan, not a Trump person–how these people were picked [to join the special counsel’s team] is by itself incredible and yet the report is no collusion, no obstruction which was ruled on by our great attorney general…”
Speaking about the origins of the FBI’s investigation into his campaign, President Trump said, “They got caught and they’re running around going wild trying to do everything they can, but they spied on my campaign, it’s as simple as that…It’s so illegal, it’s probably the biggest political scandal in history and they got caught doing it.”
ouse Judiciary panel chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced in a joint statement last night that Mueller had agreed to testify before Congress following a subpoena.
“Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session,” reads the statement.
“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack.”
pecial Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed
to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17 following a subpoena.
House Judiciary panel chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced in a joint statement, “Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session.”
The statement continues, “Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack.”
n a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Department of Justice announced it would be conducting a “broad” and “multifaceted” review of potential Deep State misconduct and FISA abuses.
It will also be investigating the activities of several “non-governmental organizations and individuals.”
Fox News reports:
The information was contained in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who had inquired as to the scope of [U.S. attorney John] Durham’s investigation. The letter could indicate that the DOJ is looking closely at work done during the campaign by Fusion GPS, the firm retained by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) to conduct opposition research against the Trump campaign.
Fusion GPS, in turn, hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele to produce an unverified and largely discredited dossier that the FBI went on to cite in secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court applications to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page.
Last week, sources assured Fox News that U.S. attorney John Durham–who was hired by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe–was “very dialed in” and “asking all the right questions.”
ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly told top Democrats that she hopes to see President Trump in prison.
According to multiple Democrat sources, Pelosi said during a meeting, “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.”
She made the comments while discussing Democrat’s calls for impeachment during a meeting with senior party members, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-GA).
Fox News reports:
A Pelosi spokesperson told the New York Post the lawmakers “had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.”
The spokesperson did not directly address whether Pelosi made the remark about Trump that was attributed to her.
Sources say Pelosi thinks the American public should vote President Trump out of office in 2020 and then see him face possible criminal charges.
ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he is “confident” former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress “soon,” reports The Hill
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Nadler said “Let’s just say that I’m confident he’ll come in soon.”
He also said his committee would subpoena Mueller “if we have to.”
Last week, Mueller said he would not testify before Congress, claiming his final Russia report was his testimony.
“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he said in a press conference. “It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony.”
He continued, “I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress. In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office. So beyond what I have said here today, and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.”
ouse Democrats apparently have nothing better to do.
The Hill is reporting that a group of about 20 Democrats will host a “marathon” public reading of the Mueller report in the House Rules Committee Room on Thursday.
The vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) will begin the reading, followed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Scanlon told the Washington Post, “We’ve been saying for weeks that if you think there was no obstruction and no collusion, you haven’t read the Mueller report. So the ongoing quest has been, ‘How do we get that story out there while we are waiting for the witnesses to come in?’”
Scanlon insisted she and her fellow Democrats were not engaging in a political stunt, saying “It’s not a ploy to keep anything going.”
The reading would take between 12 and 14 hours.
For the full report, click HERE.
espite voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress yesterday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sang a very different tune in 2012 when Republicans voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to hand over documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious.
“Just joined the
#walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt,” he wrote on June 28, 2012.
Fox News points out that then-House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans were more motivated in attacking Holder than they were driven to get answers about Fast and Furious.
“What is happening here is shameful,” said Pelosi.
Now, however, both Nadler and Pelosi are warning of the “constitutional crisis” the Trump administration is causing by failing to hand over the unredacted Mueller report.
“There can be no higher stakes than this attempt to abrogate all power to the executive branch away from Congress and, more importantly, the American people,” Nadler said Wednesday. “We talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis — we’re now in it. We are now in a constitutional crisis.”
Pelosi said she agrees with the Judiciary chairman.
“Yes, I do agree with Chairman Nadler because the administration has decided that they’re not going to honor their oath of office,” she said.
he House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not handing over the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, according to Fox News
Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement, “The Attorney General’s failure to comply with our subpoena, after extensive accommodation efforts, leaves us no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings in order to enforce the subpoena and access the full, unredacted report. If the Department presents us with a good faith offer for access to the full report and the underlying evidence, I reserve the right to postpone these proceedings.”
The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m.
Today, Ranking Judiciary committee Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) slammed Nadler for scheduling the vote.
“Chairman Nadler knows full subpoena compliance requires Attorney General Barr to break the law. Yet, instead of introducing legislation allowing the attorney general to provide Congress grand jury material, Democrats move to hold him in contempt,” Collins said in a statement.
“They know the Justice Department is working to negotiate even as they pursue contempt charges, making their move today illogical and disingenuous. Democrats have launched a proxy war smearing the attorney general when their anger actually lies with the president and the special counsel, who found neither conspiracy nor obstruction,” the statement continues.
For the full report, click HERE.
n a chaotic scene today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) lashed out
at President Trump and Attorney General William Barr after Barr did not show up to a hearing following a dispute over the questioning format.
“The president of the United States wants desperately to prevent Congress from providing any check whatsoever on even his most reckless decisions,” Nadler said. “The challenge we face is that if we don’t stand up to him together, today, we risk not being able to stand up to any president in the future.”
He continued, “The very system of government of the United States, the system of limited power, the system of not having a president as a dictator, is very much at stake.”
Nadler then went on to slam Barr, saying he failed to protect the special counsel’s investigation.
“He has failed to check the president’s worst instincts,” he said. “He has not only misrepresented the findings of the special counsel, he has failed to protect the special counsel’s investigation from unfair political attacks.”
GOP Mic cut
Chairman Nadler also cut off a Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz’s (FL) microphone mid-sentence as he tried to challenge the leading Democrat on the committee:
Chicken prop attends hearing
Democrats mocked Barr’s decision to not attend the hearing by having an empty chair for him and staging a ceramic chicken prop at the table.
Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) also brought fried chicken to the hearing. He told reporters “Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions.”
ttorney General William Barr will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow for a hearing on the Mueller report after Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) proposed a last-minute format change, according to Fox News.
Department of Justice Spokesman Kerri Kupec said in a statement, “Unfortunately, even after the attorney general volunteered to testify, Chairman Nadler placed conditions on the House Judiciary Committee hearing that are unprecedented and unnecessary.”
Nadler wanted Judiciary staffers to question Barr, not just committee members–a plan Kupec calls “inappropriate.”
On Monday, the chairman said Barr would have to appear at the hearing.
“There is no middle ground,” Nadler said. “It’s none of the business of a witness to try to dictate try to a congressional committee what our procedures for questioning him are.”