House Judiciary Chair strikes deal with DOJ to get Mueller report evidence on obstruction
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House Judiciary Chair strikes deal with DOJ to get Mueller report evidence on obstruction

US House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler on Monday announced that he reached an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain more evidence from the Mueller investigation relating to President Donald Trump’s possible obstruction of justice.

Nadler stated that both Democrats and Republicans on the Committee are to receive the evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used to determine whether Trump and others obstructed justice. This agreement is in compliance with the subpoena for these documents that was issued by the Committee in April.

In May the Committee had voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to provide the requested documents. Barr argued that the document release would jeopardize ongoing investigations and violate rules pertaining to grand jury materials. Nadler stated Monday that he will “hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now,” as long as the DOJ acts in good faith.

The House will consider H. Res. 430 on Tuesday, which would give the Judiciary Committee the authority to initiate proceedings in federal court to enforce their subpoenas. This would include the authority to enforce the subpoena against former White House Counsel Donald McGahn.