Trump's associates look to use Mueller report against Dems in court

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The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines last month to hold Barr in contempt over his failure to produce the full contents of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report to Congress - something Barr has argued he can not do without breaking the law, as releasing grand jury material would require a court order.

McGahn, who left his post as White House counsel past year, figured prominently in Mueller's report, which cited him as saying that Trump called him several times to tell him to direct the Justice Department to remove Mueller.

As part of that effort, Nadler said Monday that his panel will hold a series of hearings on "the alleged crimes and other misconduct" in Mueller's report, starting with a hearing June 10, the day before the contempt votes, on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

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Mueller's report detailed how Russians created so-called troll farms to spread divisive messages and sow distrust in candidates and the USA political system, steered Americans to pro-Trump rallies that they organised, hacked Democratic Party computer networks and travelled the country to collect intelligence. He did not indicate whether the House would try to compel Mueller's testimony with a subpoena.

However, Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, has declined to accept the Democrats' demand to open impeachment proceeding.

Other witnesses before the Judiciary Committee will include former USA attorneys and legal experts. The remedies referred to by Mueller, both in his remarks and in the report, are action by Congress or indictment once the president leaves office. Democrats have suggested they will compel Mueller's appearance if necessary, but it's unclear when - or if - that will happen. Mueller's statement made clear that he felt, no matter the findings of his investigation, that he could not pursue criminal charges against the President due to an official Department of Justice policy, and not as a result of any legal assessment by himself or his office of the underlying crimes his team uncovered.

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The study notes that the negative media coverage was "just as hostile as the months leading up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report".

In the meantime, Democrats are searching for ways to keep the spotlight fixed on Mueller's investigation - a challenge compounded by the White House's refusal to comply with request for documents and testimony related to the report, which has stymied their investigations. But he also stressed he could not exonerate Trump. But Mueller ultimately did not reach a decision as to whether Trump had obstructed justice.

The Mueller report did not find a hard connection between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - and that's great, but his past and continuing behavior easily justifies the special counsel's work and now other continuing investigations. In fact, the report details countless incidents of the Trump campaign having contact with various Russians and plainly states that it knew about and welcomed Russian government activities on its behalf. He aided prosecutors in the cover-up case involving Nixon.

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