Justice Department Will Turn Over Mueller Evidence

House panel will not hold attorney general in contempt, for now
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2019 12:56 PM CDT
Justice Department Will Turn Over Mueller Evidence
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., leads his panel on a hearing about executive privilege and congressional oversight, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A House panel will get to see some of Robert Mueller's most crucial files after all. The Justice Department has struck a deal to turn over to the House Judiciary Committee "key evidence" used in the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice, reports the Washington Post. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the president by the special counsel,” says committee chief Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. All members of the panel will be able to view the documents. In return, House Democrats will not hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, at least for now, reports the AP. The deal also might ward off a lawsuit Democrats planned to file over the matter, per the New York Times.

"If the department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps," said Nadler in a statement. "If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies." GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia said the deal lays to rest the notion that the White House was "stonewalling" Congress. The news comes as Democrats begin a round of hearings on the Mueller report, including an appearance Monday by Watergate figure John Dean, whose testimony helped forced Richard Nixon out of office. Dean was to talk about similarities he sees between Watergate and what's documented in the Mueller report. Trump, meanwhile, referred to Dean as a "sleazebag attorney" in a tweet. (More Jerrold Nadler stories.)

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