Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday announced a series of hearings on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller seeks quiet retreat from public life Democratic lawmaker: ‘The only thing I can get on TV to talk about’ is impeachment Biden campaign: Impeachment ‘may be unavoidable’ now MORE‘s Russia investigation in order to examiner further President TrumpDonald John TrumpHead of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers to depart administration The Guardian editorial board says Trump is ‘not welcome’ in U.K. ahead of his first state visit Kushner casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves MORE‘s conduct as well as election interference by Moscow.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Judiciary Republican: Mueller believes ‘you’re guilty until we prove you innocent’ Seven key allies for Pelosi on impeachment Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook MORE (D-N.Y.) announced the next hearing, entitled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes,” on June 10 as a way to push forward with the committee’s sprawling oversight investigation into the Trump administration amid stonewalling from the White House.
“While the White House continues to cover up and stonewall, and to prevent the American people from knowing the truth, we will continue to move forward with our investigation,” Nadler said in a statement.
“These hearings will allow us to examine the findings laid out in Mueller’s report so that we can work to protect the rule of law and protect future elections through consideration of legislative and other remedies.”
Former White House Counsel John Dean as well as former U.S. Attorneys and legal experts are slated to testify at the hearing next week.
Dean will be the first in a series of witnesses, Nadler says.
“Given the threat posed by the President’s alleged misconduct, our first hearing will focus on President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction. In the coming weeks, other hearings will focus on other important aspects of the Mueller report,” Nadler’s statement continues, adding that Mueller “has now left Congress to pick up where he left off.”
The hearings come as Democrats and the White House are locked in a fight over the testimony of current and former Trump administration officials.
In particular, Democrats want to call in witnesses to testify about the episodes Mueller investigated as of possible cases of obstruction of justice by Trump, including attempts to have Mueller fired from the investigation.
But House Democrats faced a setback last week when Mueller, during his first public remarks since the probe ended, stated that he does not want to testify before Congress and that his lengthy report should stand as his testimony.
While Nadler has remained vague on whether he will subpoena Mueller to testify, other Democrats have continued their calls for his public testimony, stating that he is a key witness.
The special counsel also reiterated last week that the evidence collected in the investigation was “insufficient” to charge a broader conspiracy between members or associates of the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller, however, said he did not reach a determination on the question of whether the president obstructed justice.
It was Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrManchin knocks Barr: He should be focused on protecting the Constitution Warner: ‘Height of irresponsibility’ that Congress hasn’t improved election security Clear leaders have emerged in the Democratic pack MORE along with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProsecutors release Flynn voicemail transcript that Mueller reviewed in obstruction probe Barr says he felt Mueller ‘could’ve reached a decision’ on obstruction Hannity calls Mueller ‘basically full of crap,’ says ex-FBI head ‘doesn’t know the law’ MORE and other DOJ counsels who determined that the evidence laid out in Mueller’s report as insufficient to accuse Trump of obstruction.
Mueller’s remarks renewed numerous calls from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings and have further fired up Democrats who say the ball is in their court when it comes to making a call on whether Trump obstructed justice or not.