Pelosi signals methodical approach on Barr vote

Committee Chair Jerry Nadler begins a House Judiciary Committee hearing on

The White House hasn't announced pardon plans for any of Trump's associates. CNN reported last month that Trump told then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, he would pardon him if McAleenan were sent to jail for having border agents block asylum seekers from entering the United States in defiance of USA law.

Cipollone said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler that McGahn was given the documents during the investigation "with the clear understanding that the records remain subject to the control of the White House for all purposes". The president claims the right to block lawmakers from the full report on the probe of Russian interference to help Trump in the 2016 election.

Mueller concluded that there was no collusion, but he punted on whether Trump obstructed justice.

"What has happened this week in Washington makes it all more important that the state of NY steps into the constitutional void and provides Congress with what it's entitled to know, in this case the tax return of the president", said Sen. Mr. Trump, meanwhile, said he's received a "very attractive letter" from President Xi Jinping, ahead of ongoing trade discussions at the White House. "And of course that's just the bootstrap really for what Nadler wants to do, which is argue that there is a constitutional crisis, when there really isn't one", he said.

McGahn's lawyer, William Burck, says he will "maintain the status quo" and wait for the White House and the committee to reach an agreement.

In response to the contempt proceedings, the White House invoked executive privilege over the contested portions of the Mueller report.

Biggs told host Harris Faulkner there is a "cadre within the Democrats" who are committed to pursuing Trump's impeachment, while others are more cautious on the matter. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided there were not grounds to charge Trump with obstruction.

"You do the same thing to anyone else who doesn't want to follow the law", Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democratic presidential candidate and House Judiciary Committee member, said at a Wednesday committee meeting on Barr's contempt citation.

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State Sen. John Flanagan, leader of the chamber's Republican minority, called the legislation a "blatant political act" and said he wished New York Democrats were more focused on tax relief and creating new jobs for New Yorkers.

The decision by the House Judiciary Committee to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress sparked Cheney's remarks.

In a talk at Cornell's Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, Pelosi said Congress "would be delinquent" if it failed to pursue its constitutional duty of oversight.

The committee voted along party lines, 24-16, to recommend the full House hold Barr in contempt, but only after some five hours of heated and, at times, emotional testimony.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone says the man who formerly held his position does not have the legal rights to the documents Democrats in Congress are demanding he produce.

They have to now prove Mueller missed something or didn't properly weigh some evidence to get an indictment, even though Mueller and his team were proven to be as anti-Trump as they could be. Trump has several times raised the possibly of pardons for his former associates.

The report, with redactions made to four categories of information, was released last month.

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