Trump says aides should not testify to Congress on Mueller report

Trump says aides should not testify to Congress on Mueller report

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said he doesn't recall telling aides not to talk about election security with President Donald Trump, Politico reported on Wednesday.

The president told the Washington Post Tuesday, "There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan, obviously very partisan".

One congressional subpoena the administration is expected to resist calls for an appearance by Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who cooperated with Mueller.

"Isn't it awesome that the people who were closest to me, by far, and knew the campaign better than anyone, were never even called to testify before Mueller".

In the meantime, Democrats are divided over whether to pursue impeachment.

The White House has made clear it plans to defy requests for further information, increasing yet further friction between the branches of government.

"The Special Counsel's report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses", Nadler said in a statement released during the conference call, adding that Congress will probe into Trump-related matters to determine alleged misconduct.

"I thought after two years we'd be finished with it".

"Giving the Supreme Court a role in the impeachment process itself was carefully considered but deliberately and emphatically discarded" by the authors of the constitution, said Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe.

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In his lawsuit on Monday, Mr Trump called the testimony from his former lawyer "a partisan stunt, not a good-faith effort to obtain accurate testimony from a reliable witness".

The report goes on to say that Nielsen tried to start discussions on counteracting Russian Federation multiple times, but was repeatedly roadblocked as she fell out of favor with Trump for not helping him get his way on immigration. But she remained cautious, saying "whether it's articles of impeachment or investigations, it's the same obtaining of facts".

He noted another flaw in Trump's tweets: His argument about the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors" which the Constitution says can be the basis for impeaching a president.

This finding has outraged House Democrats and prompted hearings and investigations into the obstruction of justice claims that they hoped would lead to impeachment. Democrats also argue that by refusing to co-operate with Congress, Trump is obstructing additional investigations.

She also welcomed the "wonderful" 20 or so candidates the Democrats have now fielded as challengers to Trump in 2020.

Even if Democrats do hold off on impeachment, the Mueller report is still likely to get plenty of attention from Democratic presidential contenders throughout the 2020 election cycle.

And finally, the framers were anxious that the court would not have the same "credit and authority" to rule on an inherently political process like impeachment as elected representatives.

Though Attorney-General William Barr determined there was not sufficient evidence for obstruction of justice, Democrats are using episodes outlined in Mueller's report to continue exploring that issue.