Dems is­sue sub­poena amid calls for im­peach­ment

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The chair­man of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is­sued a sub­poena Fri­day for spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s full re­port as Democrats in­ten­si­fied their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, but leaders stopped short of lib­eral de­mands for im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has in­sisted on a me­thod­i­cal, step-by-step ap­proach to the House’s over­sight of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, and she re­fuses to con­sider im­peach­ment with­out pub­lic sup­port, in­clud­ing from Repub­li­cans, which seems unlikely. But in light of Mueller’s find­ings , Demo­cratic leaders are un­der mount­ing pres­sure from the party’s ris­ing stars, deep-pock­eted donors and even a presidenti­al con­tender to seize the mo­ment as a jump­ing-off point for try­ing to re­move Trump from of­fice.

That ap­proach isn’t enough for some lib­er­als who see in Trump’s ac­tions not just a pres­i­dent un­fit for of­fice but ev­i­dence of ob­struc­tion se­ri­ous enough that Mueller said he could not de­clare Trump ex­on­er­ated.

Barr sent Congress a redacted ver­sion of the Mueller re­port, black­ing out sev­eral types of ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, ma­te­rial per­tain­ing to on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and grand jury ev­i­dence.

Nadler said he was open to work­ing with the depart­ment on ac­com­mo­da­tions, but he also said the com­mit­tee “needs and is en­ti­tled to the full ver­sion of the re­port and the un­der­ly­ing ev­i­dence con­sis­tent with past prac­tice.”

But the com­mit­tee’s top Re­pub­li­can, Rep. Doug Collins of Ge­or­gia, said the sub­poena was “wildly over­broad” and that Trump al­ready had de­clined to as­sert ex­ec­u­tive priv­i­lege over the Mueller re­port in a move of “un­prece­dented open­ness.”

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