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Dems investigating Trump have a new tactic to break his blockade

Dems use new tactics to break trump blockade

Democrats investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice are eyeing a new strategy to break the president’s all-out oversight blockade: calling witnesses who never worked in the White House.

Key lawmakers tell POLITICO they hope to make an end run around Trump’s executive privilege assertions by expanding their circle of testimony targets to people outside government who nonetheless had starring roles in Robert Mueller’s final report. That includes presidential confidants like former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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House Democrat says current Congress may not see Trump taxes

Lloyd Doggett

Representative Lloyd Doggett, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, said Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, were slow to request Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service and now need to push back forcefully against Trump’s refusal to turn over the returns.

“Because this request was delayed until April and no legal action has yet been filed to get the returns, it is certain we won’t get them this year and perhaps (will face) some challenge to even get them with favorable expedited rulings by the time this Congress ends,” Doggett, who chairs the House Ways and Means health subcommittee, told CNN.

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Rep. Susan Brooks shocks GOP with retirement decision

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Rep. Susan Brooks has decided not to seek reelection in 2020, a stunning blow for House Republicans who had chosen her to lead recruitment in their attempt to claw back the majority.

The Indiana Republican will leave after her fourth term in the House, where she has been a rare moderate voice in a GOP that has veered sharply to the right under President Donald Trump. She has also been a vocal advocate for helping to elect Republican women to the House, where she is currently one of just 13.

Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that Brooks will continue to head up the party's recruitment efforts: "We are full steam ahead."

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Senate fails to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar

Senate fails to bar arms oe Bahrain

The Senate failed to pass two resolutions Thursday intended to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar.

The resolutions, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are part of a broader effort to curb the president’s authority on U.S. foreign policy. The measure to block arms sales to Bahrain failed in a 43-56 vote, while the effort to block arms sales to Qatar failed 42-57.

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U.S. House intelligence panel subpoenas ex-Trump advisers Flynn, Gates

ynn and Gates subpoenaedThe U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas against former White House adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, the panel said in a statement on Thursday.

In a letter accompanying the subpoena, the panel’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, demanded that Flynn and Gates, who have both pleaded guilty to charges related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, provide documents by June 26 and to testify before the committee on July 10.

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Hope Hicks just agreed to testify about the Mueller probe, which is a huge win for Congress

Hope Hicks to testify
  • Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week.
  • Hicks is the first material witness connected to the former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe to appear before the panel.
  • Her decision is especially noteworthy given that the White House instructed her — and all other witnesses who have been called to testify regarding the Mueller report — not to comply with the committee's subpoena for documents and testimony.

House Oversight votes to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt

Barr and Ross held in contemptThe House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to hold both Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration's controversial decision to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.

The committee passed the resolution by a vote of 24-15. Just one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, joined Democrats in voting yes.

Cummings held off the vote until later in the day so members could review the Justice Department's explanation of President Trump's invocation of executive privilege. A letter from the DOJ announcing the invocation of executive privilege arrived shortly before the hearing began Wednesday morning.

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