House intelligence chairman Adam Schiff called a meeting on Wednesday at which the democrat-led committee was expected to disdain Attorney General William Barr.
Schiff said he would refrain from taking punitive measures against Barr after he told the Justice Department that it would produce documents obtained by the special counsel that lawmakers had demanded.
He warned that the handshake agreement would fall apart if DOJ waived its commitment to provide documents from home Intel members who choose on a rolling basis.
& # 39; The subpoena of the committee remains in effect and is maintained if the department does not comply with the complete request for documents, & # 39; he said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
In the White House, however, the president or his press secretary were not prepared to call a truce with Democrats to search for the materials.
Trump said Monday that he was the & # 39; most transparent administration & # 39; was in the country's history, and he complained about Twitter on Wednesday that he was being harassed.
He said his administration had already fulfilled Robert Mueller's document requests, and the Special Council decided that he would not be in conflict with Russia to disrupt the 2016 elections.
& # 39; Everyone, including myself, thought that when the $ 40 million Mueller report was released with No Collusion and No Obstruction (of a crime caused by others), that was the end. But no, the Democrats want to keep it in an effort to help them in 2020. Bad for the country! & # 39; he said.
Mueller did not make a statement about the obstruction, despite the truncated chorus of Trumps.
Democrats hope to find clues that point to obstruction among the millions of documents that Mueller has collected.
Trump has said that he & # 39; fights the Democratic subpoenas & # 39 ;. And he ordered his former White House adviser, Don McGahn, not to give any reports or witness statements from a parliamentary committee this week. He extended immunity against McGahn.
However, the White House Secretary, Sarah Sanders, told reporters that it was unfair to characterize it as a & # 39; total resistance & # 39; against the supervision by Congress.
& # 39; I find it absurd to say that the White House has completely resisted. That is just completely false on his face, & she said.
She said the White House & # 39; fully cooperated & # 39; with Mueller and the Attorney General on Capitol Hill.
& # 39; The idea that this White House has not cooperated and has resisted is completely absurd. In fact, the only people we see against this trial are Democrats who oppose the conclusion of the Mueller report. It couldn't be clearer, & he said.
She insisted: & # 39; Democrats simply refuse to accept that, and they want to do something. That is how life works now. If you lose, you continue, you can no longer play the game. & # 39;
The Ministry of Justice has met the House Intelligence Committee, has access to documents of their choice from the special council investigation, if they drop a threat to & # 39; enforcement action & # 39; against Barr.
Lawmakers in another committee voted to hold Barr in contempt for his refusal to respond to a summons earlier this month.
Schiff suggested that his committee be the next and said he would be willing to sue Trump executive officials who challenge documents and testimonials of up to $ 25,000 a day.
In a letter to Schiff on Tuesday afternoon, DOJ proposed another option. A lawyer for the department said committee members could have access to a priority list of documents – and a less-edited version of the Mueller report – if they took Barr back.
The Department of Justice says the House Intelligence Committee has access to documents of their choice from the special counsel investigation if they pose a threat to & # 39; enforcement action & # 39; against Attorney General William Barr
House Intel chairman Adam Schiff said he would hold a vote on Barr punishment during a hearing on Wednesday
DOJ said the committee's initial document request & # 39; voluminous & # 39; but that it would be willing to understand high-priority documents quickly, on condition that the committee does not act against Barr while trying to fulfill the agreement in good faith.
A letter states: "(T) he is prepared to speed up access to the information designated by the Committee, provided that the Committee confirms today that it will not vote on" enforcement action "on 22 May, or while such measures are being taken to continue in good faith, continue. & # 39;
Some documents can be edited, just like the Mueller report itself, DOJ warned, according to guidelines that the law enforcement organization says it must follow to protect information related to ongoing investigations and counter intelligence measures.
"Notwithstanding the concerns expressed above, the Department is willing to cooperate with the Commission on a reasonable and realistic process to meet its request for information on counterintelligence and foreign intelligence activities related to the Investigation of Special Investments, "the May 21 letter from DOJ states.
The Ministry of Justice also offered to make available to legislators a minimally edited version of volume 1 of the special advisory report. DOJ suggested a meeting of 23 May or 24 May with committee members to discuss the document production plan, provided that the committee does not vote to disdain the Attorney General.
& # 39; We consider our proposal here to be essentially in agreement with the committee's proposal in its letter of May 14, 2019, only subject to the necessary delay that the Department needs to identify and revise the relevant materials, a process that will be handled as quickly as possible, & # 39; DOJ states.
Democrats have said they want to see the entire Mueller report and all the underlying evidence that the special council has collected.
DOJ & # 39; s latest offer – that it characterized as a & # 39; extraordinary accommodation & # 39; for lawmakers – was enough to keep the dogs of the Democrats out of control.
President Donald Trump offered two democrats who started a new life for him on Monday
He claimed that they could even be future presidential candidates if they question Hillary Clinton
President Trump also offered Democrats to give research into him a new life this week, as they refocus probes in his connections with Russia and his alleged obstruction of justice.
Trump said two nemeses, Schiff of California and Rep. Jerrold Nadler from New Jersey might one day be viable presidential candidates – they just have to eat their own to open up new opportunities.
& # 39; Why don't the Democrats look at all the crimes committed by Crooked Hillary and the fake Russian investigation? They would regain their credibility, & he mused in a tweet. & # 39; Jerry Nadler, Schiff, would have a whole new future open to them. Maybe they can even flee for president! & # 39;
While Schiff chairs the House Intelligence committee, Nadler leads the House Judiciary panel. Both the Democrats and their respective committees investigate him.
Schiff said on Sunday at & # 39; Face the Nation & # 39; that Congress has taken the necessary steps to hold Trump accountable, starting with voluntary requests for information and escalating the situation with subpoenas and contempt, if necessary.
& # 39; We may have to follow with impeachment, & # 39; he remarked.
He said Republicans could join the Democrats to rebuke Trump if the effort reaches critical mass.
& # 39; And an increasing number of Democrats and perhaps Republicans who feel the behavior of this president is so incompatible with the office, incompatible with our system of checks and balances that if the only way we can exercise our supervision is a deposition, then maybe we should go down that road. & # 39;
He concluded: & # 39; But I think it will be important to show the American people that this is a decision that has been made reluctantly. & # 39;
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