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House Democrats vote to take Barr, McGahn to court to enforce subpoenas

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Rep. Jerry Nadler speaks to members of the press

Escalating a battle with US President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives voted 229 to 191 on Tuesday to authorise civil lawsuits against Trump administration officials who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas. Watch live in the player above.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the Justice Department has agreed to begin turning over some information the panel had subpoenaed related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The vote took place a day after Trump retreated from a months-long stonewalling campaign against House Democrats by allowing the Justice Department to give members of Nadler's committee more evidence from the Mueller probe.

"The president is out of legal jeopardy because the Mueller investigation is over with, but he's not out of political jeopardy because his opponents in the House of Representatives will take documents acquired in the legal investigation and use them, as the President says, for a "do-over" on the political side", he continued.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that she won't comment on whether she wants to see President Donald Trump "in prison" as she was reported to have said last week behind closed doors, but she did say that she is "done with" spending time talking about the president and his recent criticism of her during his overseas trip to France.

If Cummings moved forward with his plans to hold a committee contempt vote Wednesday, Barr would recommend that Trump invoke privilege for the documents, which were subpoenaed by the committee in April.

The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted to authorize lawsuits in pursuit of materials related to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

Pelosi said she never criticizes the president while overseas and won't do so now because she's "done with him".

The argument for the necessity of impeachment just grew stronger, and it had nothing to do with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's evidence.

The report also outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to interfere with Mueller's investigation but declined to make a judgment on whether that amounted to obstruction of justice.

He said he saw parallels between Mueller's findings regarding Trump and those of congressional investigators looking into Nixon's administration decades ago.

Most Americans do not support impeachment, so Pelosi has been trying to strike a balance between showing that she hears her most anti-Trump supporters and retaining the ability to try to reach out to more moderate Americans in the 2020 election. "Special counsel Mueller has provided this committee with a road map".

The New York Democrat earlier this year led his committee to vote to recommend holding Mr. Barr in contempt for not turning over documents.

Barbara McQuade, former USA attorney for the Eastern District of MI, all but accused Trump of aiding and abetting Russian efforts to undermine U.S. national security.

Thus, they chose Nixon-era White House Counsel John Dean, who played a key role in the Watergate crisis and forced resignation of Nixon, as their main witness on Monday.

Raju also asked Pelosi if she does believe the President may have committed crimes, doesn't she have an obligation to pursue an impeachment inquiry?