John Dean Appearance Before House Judiciary Committee Is 'Theater — MSNBC's Mitchell
Jun 11 2019
The Justice Department responded it would also be willing to negotiate on the committee's document request so long as the House called off its contemptvote against Barr.
Dean was the top lawyer for the Nixon's White House in 1972 when the president sought his help to cover up his staff's involvement in the break-in of Democratic offices at the Watergate complex.
"This appears to be part of a strategy to turn the Committee's oversight hearings into a mock-impeachment inquiry rather than a legitimate exercise in congressional oversight", ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee Rep.
"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller's most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct", Nadler said.
Nadler announced the agreement ahead of a vote scheduled for Tuesday, when the House is expected to approve a resolution to go to court to enforce its subpoenas for Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
"If we'd had confidence the president didn't commit a crime, we would have said so", Mueller said.
Mueller in his report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, and he did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice.
In response, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that the full House hold Barr in contempt of Congress. Barr fired back by asking President Donald Trump to assert executive privilege over the entire report. Nadler wanted an unredacted copy of Mueller's final report and material collected by the special counsel's team that informed its findings.
Trump has said Democrats are turning to Dean for a "do over" of the Mueller investigation. Dean served four months in prison for his own efforts to aid the White House coverup of the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
The 448-page, redacted Mueller report was released on April 18. "But they want a Redo, or Do Over. The law is different in terms of the special prosecutor back then and the independent counsel now, one works for the Justice Department back then it was slightly different". The hearing, which will also feature former US attorneys, is on "presidential obstruction and other crimes". "The DOJ determined that President Trump did not obstruct Justice".
The agreement marks a rare moment of compromise between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, who have been seeking materials from Mueller's two-year investigation, which examined Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and whether Trump tried to undermine the probe.
Dean says he'll focus on the question of obstruction of justice in his testimony.
Dean said in his own tweet that Trump "needs a friend so he won't endlessly vent on Twitter". "You have to start somewhere and I think drawing from a historical base is a good foundation for them".