Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Nadler Reaches Deal With DOJ Over Mueller Report - Contempt Vote Suspended

Nadler Reaches Deal With DOJ Over Mueller Report - Contempt Vote Suspended

Nadler said that both his fellow Democrats and Republicans would be given access to the documents, which he would begin sharing with committee members this evening.

In prepared remarks submitted to the committee, Dean walked through what he called "remarkable parallels" between the Mueller report and Watergate; for instance, he compares Trump telling FBI Director James Comey to let go of an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to Nixon asking his chief of staff to ensure the FBI would not to go further with its Watergate investigation. Dean served four months in prison for his own efforts to aid the White House coverup of the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

The Justice Department will continue to cooperate with the committee, under their agreement, as long as Democrats hold off on their Barr contempt vote, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

While acknowledging he was not a "fact witness" on the Mueller report, Dean highlighted similarities he saw between the two presidents, particularly on the matter of pardons and whether they were used to obstruct justice.

"We're investigating all of the things we would investigate, frankly, in an impeachment inquiry".

Facing criminal prosecution, Dean turned against Nixon, laying out his own work with the president to hide their ties to Watergate.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took aim at Dean on Monday during an interview on Fox News's "Fox & Friends".

In the first breakthrough in weeks of negotiations over the report, Rep. Jerrold Nadler said the department will begin complying with the committee's subpoena on Monday and provide some of Mueller's "most important files".

House Democratic leaders had scheduled a floor vote for Tuesday on a resolution authorizing Nadler's committee to enforce its subpoenas against Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in federal court. He can talk about what is in the Mueller report.

Educating the American public on what is in the Mueller report is a priority for Democrats, who believe Trump and his allies have created the public impression that the report said there was no obstruction of justice.

Barr has said he is required by law not to release evidence obtained from grand jury proceedings, and grand jury materials were redacted from the section of the report dealing with Russian interference in the election.

In his Sunday tweets, Trump said the Democrats were "devastated" by the contents of the Mueller report, saying it was a "disaster for them". "But they want a Redo, or Do Over".

Democrat Jessica Tarlov, also appearing on "Outnumbered", pushed back, arguing it's too early to say whether Nadler's tenure on the committee has been successful. The hearing, which will also feature former USA attorneys, is on "presidential obstruction and other crimes".

Today's hearing, convened by Nadler, is billed as: "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes".

"(Dean) has no more information than you or I can get from reading the Mueller report", said Biggs.

Dean said in his own tweet that Trump "needs a friend so he won't endlessly vent on Twitter".

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