Justice department to hand some Mueller evidence to House

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The political backdrop for the House vote on Tuesday was the dispute among Democrats about how to respond to Mueller's findings. Watch live in the player above.

The president's comments came as former White House counsel and Watergate star witness John Dean testified before the House Judiciary Committee on what he called striking parallels between Trump and Nixon.

The Democratic congressman for New York, Jerrold Nadler, who is the chair of the committee, said the justice department would provide some of Mueller's "most important files" and all members of the committee would be able to view them. Let's remember, in response to the Committee's requests, the Department has provided 14,000 pages of documents, I have voluntarily testified before the Committee for almost seven hours, and we have agreed to make three Department witnesses available for interviews in the next two weeks, including one scheduled for tomorrow.

Easing tensions with Barr, at least for now, Nadler said the panel will not vote to hold the attorney general in criminal contempt.

"Special Counsel Mueller has provided this committee with a roadmap".

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"You need an agency that is credible, has consistency in its rule making, and is science-based", Thomas said, adding that he believes his old boss, Reagan, would want the agency to recommit to its original goal. "I don't even want to talk about him", Pelosi, a Democrat, said at a Washington conference in reply to a question about Trump's latest barrage of personal insults.

Democrats predicted that Nadler would move quickly to compel McGahn's testimony before his panel about the Republican president's efforts to impede Mueller's investigation.

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Tuesday was asked to rate former Nixon White House counsel John Dean's performance in highlighting President Donald Trump's wrongdoing.

About a quarter of the 235 Democrats in the 435-member House, along with one Republican, have called for Trump's impeachment or the start of an impeachment inquiry.

McGahn refused to testify last month or hand over documents requested by the House, in defiance of the subpoena.

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Trump expressed disbelief that the Democratic-led committee brought in Dean-a vocal critic of the president-to testify as House Democrats appeared to step up their efforts to investigate and impeach.

According to a redacted version of Mueller's report, the special counsel found that although Trump's campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials, there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal conspiracy.

Mueller's report found Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election and that Trump's election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

The Department told Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a Tuesday letter that it would request that President Trump assert executive privilege for the documents, as Barr faces the threat of a contempt vote.

Mr. Dean, whose 1973 Congressional testimony ultimately toppled Mr. Nixon's presidency, was invited by committee Democrats to put the Mueller report into historical context. "That's why these proceedings are moving so slowly: Robert Mueller closed up shop a little too early in the election cycle".

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