Former Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson told the House of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday that President Donald Trump & son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner prevented him from communicating effectively with the president.
Tillerson arrived relatively quietly on Tuesday in Capitol Hill without any media advice or press releases and spent more than six hours of conversations with committee members and staff members, according to Daily Beast.
The session focused much on Tillerson's term of office with the Trump administration from February 2017 to March 2018, and specifically his efforts to address issues related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
An assistant to the Foreign Affairs Committee said the former ExxonMobil chairman and CEO expressed his willingness to meet, while others in Trump & # 39; s environment refused to respond to the efforts of the congress consultation.
Tillerson accused Kushner of blocking his ability to submit Trump proposals to the Foreign Ministry, both in the Middle East and beyond.
Former Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson (photo) met more than six hours of House Democrats on Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump and Russia
Tillerson said that Trump & son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, among other things, prevented him from communicating effectively and presenting proposals from the State Department to the president.
Kushner has paid a lot of attention to a peace plan in the Middle East that will appear in the coming weeks. The White House announced that a conference would be held in Bahrain the following month.
The Trump government actively avoided confronting the Kremlin about the allegations of their interference in the 2016 elections, Tillerson told the committee at Tuesday's meeting.
The former Secretary of State and the President had no good relationship and, according to reports, Tillerson Trump said a & # 39; idiot & # 39; in private.
Nevertheless, Tillerson was in position during many important moments of Trump's presidency, including his personal meeting in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While Tillerson was being interviewed by the President of the House of Foreign Affairs, Eliot Engel and Republican member Michael McCaul, the former White House adviser, Don McGahn, did not show up for his schedule statements.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler summoned McGahn to appear before the committee on Tuesday, but his lawyers said he would not follow the directions of the White House.
Tillerson appeared on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House and was interviewed by President Eliot Engel (left) and Republican rank Michael McCaul (right)
His lawyer, William Burck, said in a letter to Nadler that McGahn & # 39; is aware of the duties he, as a lawyer, owes to his former client & # 39; and would refuse to appear.
In the letter, Burck encouraged the committee to negotiate a compromise with the White House, saying that his client & # 39; again faced conflicting instructions from two equivalent government departments & # 39 ;.
Nadler says McGahn & # 39; will have serious consequences & # 39; because he does not appear and said the committee would vote to make him despise Congress.
The committee has also voted to advance Attorney General Bill Barr's contempt for Congress after refusing to comply with a summons for a non-updated version of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report, complete with testimony from the grand jury.
The Trump government is taking steps to block democratic investigations, and the president has said his government & # 39; all subpoenas & # 39; will fight.
Tillerson has rarely spoken in public since he left his post last year, but at an event in Houston, Texas in December, said there was & # 39; no question & # 39; was that Russia got involved in the elections.
Tillerson handed out his willingness to meet with the committee, while others refused to comply with the subpoenas of Congress, including Attorney General Bill Barr (left) and the former White House adviser, Don McGahn (right)
Trump said his government & # 39; all subpoenas & # 39; will fight
Barr published an edited version of the 448-page Mueller report in April and the report found no evidence that Trump, his associate, his administration or his campaign had conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 elections .
The meeting comes just over a month after the report has been handed over to Congress.
The report however outlined 10 & # 39; episodes & # 39; which may have been cases where Trump barred justice, but the special council left that on which the attorney general had to decide.
Democrats in Congress are of the opinion that the examples are sufficient evidence to continue with the removal procedures against the president, and since the publication of the report Barr and Mueller have answered questions related to the findings.
Mueller is allegedly negotiating to testify, but it seems that he is reluctant to testify in public because it may seem like a political move.
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