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Vote by House Democrats could take subpoena fight to federal court

Vote by House Democrats could take subpoena fight to federal court

McGahn, a star witness in the Mueller report, last month defied a subpoena for his testimony and related documents after the White House directed him not to cooperate with the Judiciary panel.

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he was glad that Nadler "has finally" met the Justice Department at the negotiating table.

"Don McGahn, voluntarily and with the president's approval, already met with Robert Mueller in a report that is now public and they are asking him to testify on issues he has already disclosed information on", Rossi said.

Today, the House Judiciary Committee held the first in what will be a series of hearings entitled "Lessons From the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes".

In response to the agreement, Nadler said the panel would not vote to hold the attorney general, William Barr, in criminal contempt, for now.

The Justice Department did not have an immediate comment. According to a redacted version of the report, which was released in April, Mueller found that although Trump's campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials, there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal conspiracy.

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 House has authorized its committee leaders to pursue civil contempt cases in order to get information for their myriad investigations into President Trump.

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The goal - as Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said in a hearing of his panel on Monday - is for the House to both investigate and keep its calendar clear enough to legislate: "to walk and chew gum at the same time", McGovern said. Following the testimony, Trump said "John Dean's been a loser for many years".

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.

"Well I'm honored to be on his enemies list, I was able to make Nixon's at the end, and so I'm pleased that I'm on Trump's given my feelings about the threat he is to this country", John Dean told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

McGahn was a prominent witness in Mueller's report in the sections dealing with Trump relationship with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump was angry with for recusing himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

After hours of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and a few jabs from President Trump via Twitter, the former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon told CNN Monday evening that he was "honored" by Trump's insults. "Special counsel Mueller has provided this committee with a road map".

But many Republicans have criticised the hearings, saying now that the Mueller report is out, it is time to move on.

Voters were also were split on whether an investigation into how and why the original probe into Trump - which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Mueller - was started. "Democrats just want a do-over which they'll never get!"