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PoliticsHouse Judiciary Committee hiring two new outside counsels

19:50  12 february  2019
19:50  12 february  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary , also called the House Judiciary Committee , is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives.

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House Judiciary Committee hiring two new outside counsels© Alex Wong House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is building out its legal team with an eye toward an aggressive oversight agenda, tasking new outside attorneys with a review of issues that could be at the heart of an impeachment case against President Trump.

The Democratic-led panel on Tuesday received approval to hire two "special oversight counsels" — Norm Eisen, a former ethics official in the Obama administration, and Barry Berke, a New York-based criminal defense attorney.

House Judiciary chairman invites Whitaker to clarify testimony

House Judiciary chairman invites Whitaker to clarify testimony House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday invited acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to meet with the House panel in the coming days to "clarify" answers he gave during testimony last week. In a letter to Whitaker, Nadler said lawmakers from both parties felt that Whitaker gave answers to the committee that were "unsatisfactory, incomplete, or contradicted." "You repeatedly refused to off er clear responses regarding your communications with the White House, and you were inconsistent in your application of the Department's policy related to the discussion of ongoing investigations," Nadler added.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday night that panel Republicans have hired outside counsel Rachel Mitchell "I've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible."

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Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the two would will "consult on oversight matters related to the Department of Justice, including the Department's review of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, and other oversight and policy issues within the Committee's jurisdiction."

"The House Judiciary Committee is determined to ask critical questions, gather all the information, judiciously assess the evidence, and make sure that the facts are not hidden from the American people," Nadler said in a statement. "I am glad to have such valuable resources available to help us ensure that this Administration is held accountable to our laws and to the American public."

Committee officials stress that the new hires should not be seen as the precursor to impeachment. But the very issues they will be focused on — abuses of power, the rule of law and obstruction of justice — could well produce threads that lawmakers could use to lay the groundwork for that.

Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role

Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker now works in the office of the associate attorney general. That office oversees the Justice Department's civil litigation as well as matters including civil rights, environmental and antitrust. Meanwhile, William Barr is spending his first full day Friday as attorney general meeting with top-level staff and receiving briefings on Justice Department priorities. A Justice Department spokeswoman wouldn't say if he's been briefed yet on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

" House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Republicans today sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and

There are two main types of congressional committees in the United States House of Representatives, standing committees and select committees .

The new hires will get to work on what the committee says will be "robust oversight agenda." Their immediate tasks will center on requests for documents from the administration on areas of interest - requests that may well prompt battles with the White House and potential executive privilege claims.

The committee will also launch a series of public hearings on these issues.

Eisen is the co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, a prominent watchdog group. The committee describes Berke as one of the leading trial lawyers in the country and an expert on federal criminal law, including public corruption.

House panel readies subpoena to compel Acting AG Whitaker's testimony.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he plans to have a subpoena ready just in case the acting AG tries to dodge "uncomfortable questions."

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