Published: Tue, June 11, 2019

Collins: 'The '70s called, they want their star witness back'

Collins: 'The '70s called, they want their star witness back'

Monday, Nadler's panel heard testimony from former White House counsel John Dean, who served under former President Richard Nixon. McGahn resigned his White House post in August 2018. At the time, Dean testified before Congress about White House corruption that led to Nixon's resignation as he was about to be impeached. Trump's former White House counsel Donald McGahn, in fact, has refused to testify because the White House told him not to.

The Judiciary Committee voted to recommend such a measure to the full House, but instead lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to vote on a more general one.

McGahn is in "a particularly Fvulnerable situation" as a private person no longer employed by the government, Jeffries said.

"Those are things that would never get processed in that committee today", Dean said.

Dozens of House Democrats want Pelosi to start impeachment proceedings from the Trump-Russia report, but she prefers to conduct more investigations.

A growing number of Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment in light of special counsel Robert Mueller refusing to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.

The 448-page, redacted Mueller report was released on April 18.

Ahead of Dean's testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Trump lashed out at Dean on Twitter, calling him a "CNN sleazebag attorney".

"House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report", reports Fox News.

In tweets yesterday that he retweeted today, Trump claimed that Democrats were "devastated" by Mueller's findings.

The Mueller report found that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russian operatives. "They have to tell us what they want to see and then we will consider that legitimate request".

Meanwhile, Nadler's committee, which would oversee any potential impeachment proceedings, has sought underlying evidence related to Mueller's obstruction of justice inquiry for months. Nadler opened the hearing by citing Mueller as an authority on the supposed massive intervention of the Russian government in the 2016 election in favor of Trump-an unsubstantiated narrative that was fabricated by the United States intelligence agencies and has been the focus of the Democrats' demands for a more aggressive posture toward Russia as well as a harsher crackdown on oppositional views on the internet.

"He's called me nasty names before", Dean said.

In his leadoff testimony, Dean pointed to parallels between Trump's actions and the efforts of Nixon to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate special prosecutor. "It doesn't bother me in the slightest".

"They're picking their lawyers from TV now", she said of the House Democrats, adding that Dean had spoken out against Trump's nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

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