House Democrats to Subpoena 12 Mueller Witnesses, Including Ex-AG Jeff Sessions
House Judiciary Committee to also subpoena Jared Kushner, Rod Rosenstein, Michael Flynn
The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote Thursday on authorizing subpoenas for 12 of former special counsel Robert Mueller's witnesses, including President Donald Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Also on the list is Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Each of the witnesses provided testimony to Mueller during the Russia probe, and the move marks the Democratic committee's latest efforts cling onto the "Trump-Russia" narrative.
The barrage of subpoena authorizations represents a major expansion of the committee’s anti-Trump investigation.
The committee has faced rising criticism as it continues to push obstruction of justice allegations against the president, despite the Mueller report finding no evidence of Russian collusion.
A majority of the committee’s Democrats already favor launching formal impeachment proceedings against the president and are hoping to find some form of justification when Mueller testifies next week before the Judiciary and Intelligence committees.
According to the Daily Caller, this comes as the House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said in early April, after Attorney General William Barr addressed the media, that he wanted Mueller to testify before the committee as soon as possible.
The New York Democrat also called on Mueller to testify in front of the group, after earlier calls from Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee.
Collins asked Nadler to “immediately” invite Mueller to testify before Congress.
After Barr announced there was no collusion or obstruction committed by Trump or the Trump campaign, Nadler insisted that the findings were still unclear and that Congress must hear from Mueller in order to better understand the results.
Regardless of the report’s findings, Nadler requested a number of documents from the White House and sent letters seeking information from people and organizations close to Trump on March 4.
“He (Jerry Nadler) wants a show. He wants to use Mr. McGahn as a prop to spend three hours claiming that Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller investigation. YET MR. MUELLER WASN’T OBSTRUCTED IN ANY WAY, HIS COPIOUS REPORT WAS RELEASED FOR ALL TO SEE, & THERE WAS NO COLLUSION..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2019
..BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. Mr. McGahn can be forgiven for declining the honor of appearing in Mr. Nadler’s pseudo-impeachment drama.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2019
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Nadler sent the 81 requests to groups, individual people, and organizations, searching for any evidence of Constitutional abuses and corruption committed by Trump.
The New York Democrat said the requests for documents are intended to “begin investigations, to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, about corruption and abuse of power.”
Democrats and cable news pundits have continued to argue that the Mueller report is a cover-up and that further investigations are necessary.