House to vote on taking its subpoenas to court

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"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller's most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct", Nadler said. He added that all members of the committee will be able to view the materials.

The report also outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to interfere with Mueller's investigation but declined to make a judgment on whether that amounted to obstruction of justice.

Contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General William Barr are suspended for the time being following news that the Department of Justice has reached a subpoena compliance agreement with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

Last month, in his only public appearance as special counsel, Mueller maintained that there was "not sufficient evidence to charge a conspiracy" with regard to whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

The vote, along with two hearings this week on the Mueller report, is partly created to mollify anxious Democrats who have tried to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings immediately. The two sides gave contradicting interpretations on whether the report proved that the Trump administration obstructed justice.

"We simply can not tolerate a posture from the president of the United States. of noncooperation - of absolute, comprehensive, wholesale defiance of the will of a Congress trying to seek information", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.

"You can't impeach somebody when there's never been a thing done wrong", he said at the White House.

At the White House, Trump dismissed Dean and any notion of impeachment.

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Trump's comments came the same day John Dean, the former White House counsel to Nixon, testified before the House Judiciary Committee and drew comparisons between the president and his former boss.

Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974 after his political support eroded amid a House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry unearthing information about his involvement in a cover-up of the Watergate scandal.

The former White House counsel also testified about the president questioning if he could get rid of Mueller.

"Did you actually say that, did you actually say that the President, you'd rather see him in prison, ?"

Moreover, Collins and other Republicans said, Democrats are at sixes and sevens trying to sustain the Russian Federation imbroglio long past the point at which Washington and the country have moved on. Dean testified that Mueller has provided Congress with a "road map" for investigating Trump.

"The chairman wants to talk about anything that might sway opinion against the president before the 2020 election", Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said at Monday's hearing.

The Democratic leadership has to date refused to initiate impeachment proceedings for fear that they would bring to the surface an unprecedented crisis of constitutional rule in America, to which Trump might respond by appealing to his fascistic base and the military brass to resist arms in hand.

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