The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for a dozen people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The resolution coming up for a vote Thursday, July 11 would authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from 12 people in all, also including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Lawmakers will also be voting on subpoenas for documents and testimony on the Trump administration’s handling of immigration, including the abandoned “zero tolerance” approach of separating migrant families at the southern border.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y), will make the final decision about issuing the subpoenas. He said they can be avoided if the information is provided voluntarily.
The Judiciary panel is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice, even Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction and indicated in a May news conference that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. Mueller is scheduled to testify to Congress next week.
Fox News reported on the full list of Trump-tied individuals who will be receiving fresh subpoenas:
The individuals subject to fresh subpoena are: Sessions; Rosenstein; Kushner; former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn; former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; former White House aide Rob Porter; publisher of the National Enquirer David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard; former Stormy Daniels lawyer Keith Davidson; and assistant attorney general for the criminal division Joseph “Jody” Hunt.
President Trump vowed to fight all subpoenas from House Democrats after subpoenas flew in April.
Democrats have had little success so far in their attempts to investigate beyond what Mueller detailed in his 448-page report. Still, Democrats said they will call in the witnesses as they attempt to keep public attention on Mueller’s report.
Republicans have fought the Democratic efforts to investigate obstruction, saying the issue should be laid to rest after the Mueller report.
“Even if Chairman Nadler still believes subpoenas are conversation starters, it’s hard to imagine this handful of subpoenas will do anything but reinforce the principal conclusions we’ve been able to read about for months,” said Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
A Justice Department official said the agency has turned over more than 1,200 pages of documents in six separate productions to the House Judiciary Committee related to the zero tolerance policy. The department is also working to produce additional batches of documents soon, the official said.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press.
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