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House panel authorizes subpoenas for Jared Kushner, Trump officials

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Lawmaker Donaldson's notes akin to the Watergate tapes

House Judiciary Committee Democrats, who are poised to expand their probe of Trump, his family and associates with a slew of new subpoenas, say Mueller's testimony will focus public attention on some of the more disturbing findings of his two-year investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Judiciary panel also voted Thursday to subpoena documents related to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on migrants entering the country illegally, which led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents in 2018.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee aired complaints Thursday that testimony from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III would be limited to two hours next week - meaning some members from both parties won't get an opportunity to ask questions.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department would support Mueller if he decides he "doesn't want to subject himself" to congressional testimony. At a news conference in May, Mueller said the team chose the words in the report carefully and that the work speaks for itself.

The resolution does not actually issue the subpoenas, but gives Nadler the power to do so if he chooses in the future.

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 announcement from the Judiciary Committee comes as lawmakers on that panel and the House Intelligence Committee prepare to hear directly from Mueller himself next week for the first time about his almost two-year investigation.

They include David Pecker, the chief executive of the National Enquirer's parent company and a longtime Trump ally; Dylan Howard, who Cohen said was personally involved in co-ordinating payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump; and Keith Davidson, an attorney who initially represented the women and negotiated their payments.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrives for a House Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2019.

He did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had attempted to obstruct justice, though he did not exonerate him. "But I'm not going to comment on it further", Nadler said.

"We're having our legs cut out from under us", he said. However, he indicated they were still trying to work out some way for other members to get in on the action, according to multiple sources. He has said he has nothing more to add beyond his report, and resisted testifying, forcing the committee chairmen into issuing subpoenas.

"We will not rest until we obtain their testimony and documents", Nadler said.

Democrats have been demanding information from the administration for months regarding its policies over the treatment of migrants at the southern border.

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