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PoliticsLooking beyond Mueller, Democrats cast investigative nets

15:25  03 march  2019
15:25  03 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Democrats may subpoena Mueller if report on Russia probe is not made public

Democrats may subpoena Mueller if report on Russia probe is not made public Democrats want to make sure that they get a look at the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Dems in Congress are not shying away from talk of subpoenaing Mueller amid reports that he will soon present the final findings of his investigation into election meddling and possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to Attorney General William Barr. “The public will feel rightly that there is a coverup” if the report is not made public, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told CNN on Thursday.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller 's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump's foreign financial interests.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. The Democratic efforts increased this past Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump’s

Looking beyond Mueller, Democrats cast investigative nets© The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, speaks as he gives closing remarks with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member, at left, as the hearing for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, at the House Oversight and Reform Committee concludes, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Cummings, said afterward that he wanted to call in several people mentioned repeatedly by Cohen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by their new majority, Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations into President Donald Trump and setting the stage for a post-Robert Mueller world.

Democrats to target Trump no matter what Mueller report says

Democrats to target Trump no matter what Mueller report says The Mueller report will be the starting pistol for an all-out assault on President Trump by Democrats in Congress. There have been strong indications that Mueller could wrap up his investigation as early next week. Republicans predict that Mueller will not find any evidence he colluded with Russia, and Justice Department policy is that a sitting president cannot be indicted. But even if the Mueller report turns out to be far from the smoking gun Democrats have yearned for, they are now in control of the House of Representatives and show no signs of letting up. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. While many liberal members of the Democratic caucus think impeachment is warranted, Democratic leaders have been cautious, saying they first want to investigate .

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump’s foreign financial interests.

Whether the special counsel's final Russia report is damning of the president or not, Democrats in charge of a half-dozen House committees are planning to flood the administration with document requests, calls for testimony and even subpoenas if necessary. The investigations reach far beyond Mueller's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign.

The Democratic efforts increased this past week after Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, appeared before two House committees and a Senate committee. In his public testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cohen called the president a "con man" and a "cheat" and gave Democrats several new leads for inquiry.

AP source: Mueller report not expected next week

AP source: Mueller report not expected next week A report from special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week.That's according to a senior Justice Department official who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. The official couldn't discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Mueller is examining Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump.It

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump’s foreign financial interests.

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by their new majority, Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations into President Donald Trump and setting the stage for a post-Robert Mueller world. Whether the special counsel’s final Russia report is damning of the president or not

The stepped-up oversight could eventually lead to, or even serve in place of, impeachment proceedings. While many liberal members of the Democratic caucus think impeachment is warranted, Democratic leaders have been cautious, saying they first want to investigate.

A look at the status of some of the House investigations:

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

The committee is reopening and expanding an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that the Republican majority closed last year. At that time, Republicans said, over Democratic objections, that there was no evidence to show that Trump's campaign colluded or conspired with Russia. The top Democrat on the committee then, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said Republicans had prematurely closed the matter without interviewing key witnesses and demanding important documents.

Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump's foreign financial interests. Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family and associates, and whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations.

House Democrats target Trump’s personal finances

House Democrats target Trump’s personal finances Why did Deutsche Bank lend money to Trump business when others refused?

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. The Democratic efforts increased this past The committee is reopening and expanding an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that the Republican majority closed last

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by their new majority, Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations into President Donald Trump and setting the stage for a post-Robert Mueller world.

The committee interviewed Cohen in private on Thursday and will finish the interview this coming Wednesday. After Cohen left, Schiff announced that the committee will hold an open hearing later this month with Felix Sater, a Russia-born executive who worked with Cohen on an ultimately unsuccessful deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE

This committee was in the spotlight when Cohen testified publicly last Wednesday. The chairman, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, said afterward that he wanted to call in several people mentioned repeatedly by Cohen. That could include Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and possibly two of Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.

The committee's jurisdiction touches on all parts of government. On Friday, Cummings demanded that the White House turn over documents by Monday related to security clearances after The New York Times reported that the president ordered officials to grant his son-in-law Jared Kushner's clearance over the objections of security officials. Last Tuesday, the committee voted to subpoena administration officials over family separations at the southern border.

Appeals court rejects challenge to Mueller's appointment

Appeals court rejects challenge to Mueller's appointment A federal appeals court panel has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment in a case involving an associate of Roger Stone. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released its opinion Tuesday. The case before the court was brought by Andrew Miller. He is an associate of Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser. Miller refused to testify before a grand jury in the Russia probe, challenging the legitimacy of Mueller's appointment. A lower court held Miller in contempt.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller 's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump's foreign financial interests.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller 's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. While many liberal members of the Democratic caucus think impeachment is warranted, Democratic leaders have been cautious, saying they first want to investigate .

The committee is also looking into other conflict of interest issues within the administration, including at Trump's hotel in Washington, and into prescription drug prices.

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HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

The House Judiciary Committee would be in charge of impeachment, but the chairman, New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, first wants to examine Mueller's report, whenever it comes out. Nadler has helped lead the charge to pressure the Justice Department to release the full report to the public.

He has also hired two veteran lawyers and Trump critics as the committee gears up to investigate the department and review Mueller's final conclusions. The lawyers, Barry Berke and Norman Eisen, have been retained on a consulting basis.

Nadler said when he hired them that the committee was 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."

The committee also called in the former acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, and plans to question him again in the coming weeks. Whitaker is a close Trump ally who had criticized the Mueller report before he was appointed. William Barr has since been confirmed as attorney general.

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HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

House Democrat files bill to make Mueller report public

House Democrat files bill to make Mueller report public Representative Lloyd Doggett filed the legislation that would also give Congress access to the investigation's underlying evidence. The legislation represents the latest effort by House Democrats to prevent any effort by the Trump administration to keep under wraps the findings of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any involvement by President Donald Trump's election campaign. "This legislation safeguards ...

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller 's focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. The Democratic efforts increased this past Robert Mueller ’s investigative team has "13 hardened Democrats , some big Crooked Hillary Here, we’re going to take a closer look at Trump’s

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump’s foreign financial interests.

The chairman, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, is expected to eventually try to obtain Trump's tax returns, which the president has refused to release. But for now, Neal is taking it slow.

The law says the treasury chief "shall furnish" the requested information to members of the committee for them to examine behind closed doors. But reality is more complicated, and the request could end up in a lengthy court battle between Congress and the administration.

Last month, Neal held a hearing in which experts discussed the authority under current law for Neal to make a request for any tax returns to the treasury secretary. The hearing also examined proposals to compel presidents and presidential candidates to make years of their tax returns public.

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HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

The committee's head, California Rep. Maxine Waters, has focused on Deutsche Bank, the German asset management firm that has loaned Trump's real estate organization millions of dollars over the years. She said this past week that the bank is cooperating with requests for documents.

The committee is working with Schiff, who along with Waters has said he wants to investigate whether Russians used laundered money for transactions with the Trump Organization. Trump's businesses have benefited from Russian investment over the years, and Schiff has said he wants to know whether "this is the leverage that the Russians have" over Trump.

Waters said she is also interested in looking at Trump's embattled charitable foundation that is shutting down after agreeing to a court-supervised process and at White House budget director Mick Mulvaney's tenure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has said Mulvaney may be called to testify.

Nunes: 'I want everything that Mueller did made public'

Nunes: 'I want everything that Mueller did made public' The California Republican prefaced his proposal by saying he doesn’t believe "Mueller has any report to put out that would be worthwhile, with anything new." But, the California Republican said, “If he does put out a report, you're gonna see people claiming, 'Oh we have to have this public, it's got to be made public.' That's fine. But I want everything that Mueller did made public. I want email, I want everybody that they wiretapped, every warrant that they got, every single thing that Mueller used needs to be made public for all of America to see.

The investigations reach far beyond Mueller ’s focus of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 campaign. Schiff is now chairman, and last month he announced a broad new investigation looking not only at Russian interference but also at Trump’s foreign financial interests.

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by their new majority, Democrats are undertaking several broad new investigations into President Donald Trump and setting the stage for a post-Robert Mueller world. Whether the special counsel's final Russia report is damning of the president or not

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HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The chairman, New York Rep. Eliot Engel, is also working with Schiff and his committee to review Trump's encounters with and connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including a private meeting between the two in Helsinki last year. Trump would not disclose the full details of what was said in their meeting.

The two committees have worked with House lawyers to figure out the appropriate way to investigate that meeting. That could include getting information from a translator who attended.

Engel has said that the committee will hold hearings "on the mysteries swirling around Trump's bizarre relationship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark dealings affect our national security."

The committee is also looking at the administration's policy toward Saudi Arabia and response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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