BREAKING: Nadler reaches deal with DOJ on Mueller evidence, postpones Barr criminal contempt vote
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert S. Mueller III that could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee said on Monday.
The exact scope of the material the Justice Department has agreed to provide was not immediately clear, though the committee signaled that it could be a breakthrough after weeks of wrangling over those materials and others that the Judiciary panel demanded under subpoena. The Trump administration’s blockade of the material had ground the Democratic investigations of Mr. Trump’s possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power to a halt.
The article goes on to state the following:
“These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the president by the special counsel,” Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the committee chairman, said in a statement.
Mr. Nadler said he expected the department to begin sharing some of the material Monday afternoon and that all members of the committee would be able to view it privately.
The New York Times further reported that Nadler is backing off a criminal contempt vote against Barr in exchange for the documents:
After weeks of objections, the Justice Department said it found the proposal reasonable and would work with the committee to share the materials in question, but only if the House would back off holding Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for his defiance of the subpoena in question.
Democrats were willing to do so. The House still plans to vote on Tuesday to authorize the committee to go to a federal court against Mr. Barr to seek full enforcement of its subpoena and to petition a judge to unseal grand jury secrets related to the case for Congress. But in a sign of the newfound cooperation, the House will not formally vote to hold Mr. Barr in contempt of Congress, leveling a criminal accusation against him. Mr. Nadler hinted that Democrats could hold off on filing a lawsuit for now, as well.
New: Nadler Reaches Agreement with Justice to get key evidence underlying Mueller report. Full statement makes clear that tomorrow’s vote on “civil contempt” will go ahead, but Nadler says in statement that he is holding “criminal contempt process in abeyance for now”
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) June 10, 2019
Full statement from Nadler below — tomorrow’s vote on “civil contempt” is still on, but Nadler now makes the point that he is holding the “criminal contempt process in abeyance for now” pic.twitter.com/5POTsvAo0v
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) June 10, 2019
NEWS: 2 hours before first hearing into obstruction of justice, Nadler reaches an agreement with DOJ for redacted portions of Mueller report dealing w/obstruction. Criminal contempt vote temporarily suspended.
— Alana Abramson (@aabramson) June 10, 2019
“We have agreed to allow the Department time to demonstrate compliance with this agreement. If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps,” Nadler said
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 10, 2019
Nadler: “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“ if Trump obstructed justice
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 10, 2019
House Judiciary Dems announced they’ve reached a deal with DOJ to get info related to the Mueller report. This means, per Chair Nadler, that the contempt proceedings against AG Barr (see: https://t.co/J7AfEl6a8q) will be put on hold pic.twitter.com/oZ5OIirCD9
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 10, 2019
Breaking News: The Justice Department agreed to give Congress key evidence collected by Robert Mueller related to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump https://t.co/lp8InL6pgQ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2019
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