US Justice Department agrees to release key Mueller evidence to Congress

House Democrats struggle for solid footing following Mueller report

House Democrats struggle for solid footing following Mueller report

In response to the agreement, Nadler said the panel will not vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in criminal contempt, for now.

Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, told Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., that Congress operates by a different set of standards than criminal prosecutors would use if they were to indict President Donald Trump.

Dean says he'll focus on the question of obstruction of justice in his testimony. Mueller did not reach a determination on whether Trump tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing FBI Director James Comey.

House Democrats have been demanding the release of the entire Mueller report, in a manner in which all members can view the material.

The agreement marks a rare moment of compromise between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats, who have been seeking materials from Mueller's two-year investigation, which examined Russia's interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and whether Trump tried to undermine the probe.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the goal of the Wednesday hearing will be to explain to the American people "the serious counterintelligence concerns raised by the Mueller report, examine the depth and breadth of the unethical and unpatriotic conduct it describes, and produce prescriptive remedies to ensure that this never happens again".

Barr had defied a subpoena to provide an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with underlying evidence.

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Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed some relief about the break in the stalemate over the Mueller documents, Republican Doug Collins (GA), a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, pointing to the development as evidence that the Justice Department isn't "stonewalling" Congress like Democrats allege.

The Justice Department will continue to cooperate with the committee, under their agreement, as long as Democrats hold off on their Barr contempt vote, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

Nadler announced the agreement ahead of a vote scheduled for Tuesday, when the House is expected to approve a resolution to go to court to enforce its subpoenas for Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

In addition to not bringing an obstruction charge, Mueller was unable to find evidence to establish that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

With Trump pledging that "we're fighting all the subpoenas, " Democratic leaders want to avoid repeated floor votes on contempt resolutions that detract from their legislative agenda. The Mueller report, issued in March, outlined several "episodes" in which it said Trump may have done the same.

Mueller's investigation is part of a broad fight between Trump and congressional Democrats, who are investigating his policies, conduct in office and private businesses.

The hearing comes as a growing minority within the Democratic caucus has called for the initiation of impeachment proceedings. Mueller said charging the president with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules.

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