The House Judiciary Committee is continuing its re-investigation into circumstances surrounding the 2016 presidential election and the question of whether President Trump or his staff illegally obstructed Robert Mueller III’s two-year special counsel investigation.
On Thursday, July 11, the House Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), expanded its investigation when it voted to approve a dozen additional subpoenas to current and former Trump-administration associates.
By a vote of 21-12, split along party lines, the panel approved a resolution to seek closed-door testimony from individuals that include President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
As Democrats have failed to gain traction from a series of investigations into allegations of obstruction of justice during the Mueller investigation and questions related to Trump’s personal and business finances, their all-in strategy to scrutinize the president now appears to be expanding to include a broader range of topics.
While Thursday’s resolution shows an escalation in the committee’s re-enactment of the Mueller investigation, a week before former special counsel Robert Mueller III himself is expected to testify, the list of approved subpoenas also extends to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ former attorney Keith Davidson and to former Playboy Magazine model Karen McDougal.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), during his opening remarks, objected to the resolution and to Democrats’ liberal use of subpoenas. Collins characterized the committee’s measures as “political theater.” Republicans on the committee have also expressed dissatisfaction over the format of Robert Mueller’s public hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, which currently limits their ability to cross-examine the former special counsel.
President Trump responded to Thursday’s House Resolution with a blast on Twitter, saying, “Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing. How many bites a the apple do they get before working on Border Loopholes and Asylum?”
Trump continued, “They also want to interview the highly conflicted and compromised Mueller again. He said he was ‘done’ after his last 9 minute speech, and that he had nothing more to say outside of the No Collusion, No Obstruction Report. Enough already, go back to work!”