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PoliticsHouse hearing asks questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia ties

19:25  12 june  2019
19:25  12 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

House Judiciary to hold series of hearings on Mueller report

House Judiciary to hold series of hearings on Mueller report Committee chair Jerry Nadler said the first hearing will focus on President Trump's "most overt acts of obstruction"

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia ’s election interference, has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the

He says there are no ties between what Russia did in the election and Trump ’s campaign. One of the unanswered questions in this. But in an investigation where the central question was what was the president’s intent, Bob Mueller was never able to ask him that question .

House hearing asks questions Mueller left unanswered about Trump, Russia ties© Mandel Ngan House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's report failed to address crucial questions about President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia that the FBI may still be investigating, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday as he kicked off a hearing designed to spotlight those issues.

"Of all the questions that Mueller helped resolve, he left many critical questions unanswered — what happened to the counterintelligence investigation?" Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said as he opened a hearing on counterintelligence issues. "Were there other forms of compromise, like money laundering, left out, uninvestigated or referred to other offices? Were individuals granted security clearances that shouldn't have them? And are there individuals still operating in the administration that leave America vulnerable?"

Top Judiciary Republican: Mueller hearing could violate 'decency and decorum' rules

Top Judiciary Republican: Mueller hearing could violate 'decency and decorum' rules House Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Doug Collins (Ga.) is warning Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that the panel's hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report scheduled for Monday may violate decorum rules, objecting to even the hearing's title.In a letter sent to Nadler on Friday, the Georgia Republican argued it appears the panel is holding a "mock-impeachment inquiry" instead of conducting proper oversight."In light

The Mueller 's report was brimming with details about Donald Trump 's White House but it left some of the probe's most perplexing questions unanswered . Why did Trump ’s campaign chief share internal polling data with a man tied to Russian intelligence?

Mueller report: Investigation found no evidence Trump conspired with Russia , leaves obstruction question open. Attorney General William Barr delivered the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller 's inquiry of Russia and Trump 's campaign to Congress Sunday.

Schiff said he is determined to get to the bottom of those questions, but he wasn't likely to do so at Wednesday's hearing, which featured testimony from two former FBI counterintelligence officials and a conservative commentator.

The former FBI officials, Stephanie Douglas and Robert Anderson, each ran the FBI's National Security Division, a job that entails hunting for Russian spies in the United States. Neither of them is in a position to know what the FBI is doing now, but they sought to interpret the spare language of Volume One of special counsel Mueller's report, the section that details more than 100 contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Douglas, for example, said that when then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort handed polling data to a person the FBI said was linked to Russian intelligence, that amounted to the Russians "tasking" Manafort, a term spy hunters use to describe the actions of people under the influence of a spy service.

Trump: John Dean's 'been a loser for many years'

Trump: John Dean's 'been a loser for many years' President Trump on Monday blasted John Dean after the former Nixon White House counsel likened the president's conduct during the Russia investigation to the Watergate scandal. "John Dean's been a loser for many years," Trump told reporters at the White House. Dean testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, saying "the Trump administration is in fast competition with what happened in the Nixon administration." But Trump denied there are any similarities to himself and President Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 before Congress could impeach him.

By punting on the question of obstruction, Mr Mueller left it in the hands of two direct appointees of the president: Mr Barr and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy “ Mueller must realise the implications of him not making a recommendation one way or another”. Get alerts on Trump Russia ties when a new story is

Trump campaign connections to Russia – including the Trump Tower meeting and the adviser Terrifying even if you know and believe you have nothing to fear.” Unanswered questions . Mueller ’s team asked for a delay in the sentencing of Rick Gates, Manafort’s former partner and a key witness

Manafort was charged with acting as an unregistered agent for Russian-backed Ukrainian politicians, but Mueller made no allegation against him or any other American of acting on Russia's behalf in Russia's operation to interfere in the 2016 election. To the contrary, Mueller did not find enough evidence to file criminal charges in any of the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.

But Mueller's report was a prosecutor's brief, written under strict Justice Department regulations. It did not render a judgment on the propriety of a major political campaign flirting with a foreign adversary that was offering assistance. Nor did it assess whether U.S. national security was harmed, or whether Trump or anyone else was compromised by his dealings with Russia, including his effort to build a hotel tower in Moscow that would have required the approval of President Vladimir Putin.

The Latest: Nadler says panel will move quickly on McGahn

The Latest: Nadler says panel will move quickly on McGahn The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller's report (all times local):5:15 p.m.The House Judiciary Committee chairman says his panel will move "as quickly as possible" to seek court enforcement of a subpoena against former White House Counsel Don McGahn. New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler spoke after the House approved a resolution that makes it easier to file lawsuits against witnesses who defy subpoenas. That includes McGahn, who declined last month to provide documents or testimony at the urging of the White House. McGahn is the most-cited witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

What Mueller Leaves Behind. Mueller ’s pace has been breakneck, legal experts tell me—especially for a complicated criminal investigation that involves foreign nationals and the Kremlin Again, though, Mueller stopped short of alleging any kind of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia .

While Trump didn’t address reporters as he left the White House , he had some thoughts to share via Twitter on his way to Mar-a-Lago. Mueller ’s report makes a passing reference to perhaps the most salacious allegation from the entire Russia investigation — but does so in a way that sheds little light

"It may not be a crime to build a Trump Tower in Moscow," Schiff said. "Or for (former Trump attorney) Michael Cohen to seek the Kremlin's help to do so. It may not be a crime to try to enrich yourself with a foreign business deal even while running for president, or to lie about it to the American people. But it is deeply compromising."

Schiff and the former FBI officials noted that the Mueller report says FBI agents who worked alongside the Mueller team sent counterintelligence reports back to headquarters, the contents of which are not included in the Mueller report.

The Republican witness, Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who writes for National Review, testified that members of the Trump campaign should have called the FBI when Russians approached them with offers of assistance.

But Republican lawmakers dismissed any notion that the Trump campaign behaved inappropriately. The real scandal, they said, was that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into an American political campaign.

Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the ranking Republican on the committee, called the Mueller report "a shoddy political hit piece."

Schiff sees it much differently.

"Volume I of the report outlines a 'sweeping and systematic' effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump," he said. "It establishes that the Trump campaign welcomed the Russian interference because it 'expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian effort.' It shows how the Trump campaign built the theft and dumping of the Russian stolen documents into its campaign messaging and strategy. And as the special counsel made clear, it sets out in great detail why the conduct in his report should concern every American."

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