Congressional panel plans Mueller report hearings

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John Dean, the Nixon White House counsel and Watergate whistler blower is an outspoken critic of President Trump. He will address the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on June 10.

BY BILLY HOUSE
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WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is planning a series of hearings on Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, starting with an appearance by Nixon White House counsel John Dean on June 10.

“Russia attacked our elections to help President Trump win, Trump and his campaign welcomed this help and the president then tried to obstruct the investigation into the attack,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York said in a statement. “Mueller confirmed these revelations and has now left Congress to pick up where he left off.’’

The committee also plans to consider in these hearings “targeted legislative, oversight and constitutional remedies designed to respond to these matters,” according to a committee statement released Monday.

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The move to hold these hearings comes amid a rising clamor among rank-and-file House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry, despite reluctance from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.

The June 10 hearing featuring Dean, who has become an outspoken critic of Trump, is titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.” It will also include appearances by former U.S. attorneys and legal experts.

Separately, Nadler has been in negotiations with Mueller over appearing before his committee. But the former special counsel, who stepped down from his post last week, has told lawmakers he only wants to answer questions behind closed doors.

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