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Congress demands answers from Trump Jr., Mueller

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/09/19, 12:12 pm

As congressional Democrats continue their quest to find evidence against the president in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday to get some answers of its own. The committee is in the process of wrapping up a separate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In September 2017, Trump Jr. testified before the committee that he was not involved with a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He also claimed he never told his father, President Donald Trump, about a June 2016 meeting with Russians and senior Trump campaign officials in New York. Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in February that he briefed Trump Jr. and his sister Ivanka Trump about the project 10 times. The Mueller report also notes Cohen testified he had once overheard Trump Jr. tell his father about a meeting “to obtain adverse information about Clinton.”

The House Judiciary Committee is still pushing for Attorney General William Barr to hand over an unredacted version of Mueller’s report, but President Trump claimed executive privilege over the report on Wednesday. The committee voted along party lines Wednesday afternoon to hold Barr in contempt of Congress. The full House must vote on the resolution, and the ultimate decision about whether to prosecute Barr will rest with the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, a Trump nominee. Democrats are also expected to continue pushing to hear testimony from Mueller himself. They have asked him to appear before the committee on May 15. On Sunday, the president tweeted that Mueller should not testify. The special counsel could claim that the executive privilege over the report protects him from being forced to appear.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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Comments

  • EW
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 01:52 pm

    "The House Judiciary Committee is still pushing for Attorney General William Barr to hand over an *unreacted* version of Mueller’s report..."

     

    Correct to: unredacted

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 04:34 pm

    Thank you for writing to point out the error. It has been corrected.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 03:48 pm

    And we still have millions—the left’s useful idiots—screaming, “Collusion!  Impeach Trump!”

     

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 05:04 pm

    After all this, Mueller probably can't remember what he had for dinner last night. 

    Enough already!  

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 05:07 pm

    What does meeting about a Trump Tower in Moscow have to do with collusion? 

    Nadler needs to have his marbles checked. He's missing WAY too many. He lost a lot when his screw came loose.

  •  Xion's picture
    Xion
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 08:45 pm

    Is this the country we want, where each incoming administration is immediately placed under an impeachment proceeding in search of a crime, scouring everything the candidate or his family or associates have ever done, even making stuff up in order to completly destroy them?  Now we know what progressivism really means.

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