John Dean Laughs Off Attacks from Republicans at Hearing: ‘They’re All Flamethrowers’

Erika Holt
June 12, 2019

Democrats convened the hearing two hours after the panel announced it reached a deal with the Justice Department to obtain "key evidence" related to Mueller's investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Easing tensions with Barr, at least for now, Nadler said the panel will not vote to hold the attorney general in criminal contempt.

On Twitter, President Trump suggested that Democrats are using Dean as a prop to "do over" the results of the Mueller report.

With the agreement, Nadler said he would withdraw a vote set for Tuesday whether to hold Barr in criminal contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the House committee's subpoena for the information.

During an unusual public appearance last month, Mueller upped the ante as he said he never indicted Trump because it wasn't an option under longstanding Justice Department policy.

"I hope and expect this to be the only time I will speak to you on this matter", Mueller told reporters Wednesday.

Mueller also outlined 10 instances in which Trump, who has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch-hunt", attempted to interfere with the investigation.

Despite the accord, Mr. Nadler said Democrats will still push ahead with vote on a resolution authorizing him to get federal court to enforce subpoenas for Attorney General William P. Barr and Mr. McGahn.

Some Democrats have said it's now their responsibility to determine whether Trump acted in a way that would provide grounds for impeachment.

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"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. Both he and Barr refused to cooperate at the direction of the White House. Dean, whose congressional testimony in 1973 led to former President Nixon's resignation, told a House Judiciary Committee hearing that "the Trump administration is in fast competition with what happened in the Nixon administration", the Hill reports.

But a strong majority of voters said the probe and report by Mueller's team were credible - 61 percent said the investigation was conducted fairly and without bias.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took aim at Dean on Monday during an interview on Fox News's "Fox & Friends". He added that Mueller "has provided this committee with a road map".

Appearing on CNN, Dean said he would draw comparisons in his testimony between actions documented in the Mueller report and the Watergate scandal.

Raskin described the variety of investigations the House has undertaken, including in search of Trump's taxes, information about his business practices, his decision to overrule staff objections in the issuance of security clearances, information about the 2020 census and more.

Republicans have criticized the hearings as a waste of time and have called for Democrats to move on.

Pelosi said on Tuesday she has decided not to fire back at the president and instead said she "doesn't even want to talk about him".

The Democrats further worry that impeachment would weaken the ability of USA imperialism to carry out its aggressive and militarist agenda around the world, which they fully support. "That's why these proceedings are moving so slowly: Robert Mueller closed up shop a little too early in the election cycle".

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