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House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Big Names in Trump Probe

Including Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2019 4:32 PM CDT
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner step off Air Force One as they arrive Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the AP reports. The panel also voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony related to Trump's handling of immigration, including on the separation of migrant families at the southern border. The resolution authorizes an investigation into whether there have been any discussions of Trump offering pardons to Homeland Security officials who work on immigration issues. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York will make the final decision about issuing the subpoenas and has said they can be avoided if witnesses and the administration cooperate voluntarily. The vote was 21-12.

Trump tweeted about the vote shortly before the meeting began. He said the witnesses "have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing." The president added of the Democrats: "Enough already, go back to work!" The resolution authorizes subpoenas for documents and testimony from several former administration officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn , former White House chief of staff John Kelly, and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Among the other subpoena targets are Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager; Jody Hunt, Sessions' former chief of staff; and former White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn. Three other names on the subpoena list are related to the National Enquirer's efforts to help kill potentially embarrassing stories about Trump over the years by paying hush money in a practice known as "catch-and-kill." (Read more House Judiciary Committee stories.)

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