Nadler says deal struck with Justice Dept. over Mueller report evidence

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'These documents will allow us to perform or constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel, ' he added.

"Is the chairman prepared to rescind his baseless recommendation to hold the attorney general in contempt, or do House Democrats still plan to green light lawsuits against the attorney general and former White House counsel tomorrow?"

Democrat Jessica Tarlov, also appearing on "Outnumbered", pushed back, arguing it's too early to say whether Nadler's tenure on the committee has been successful.

Because of the conversations with the department, Nadler announced in a statement Monday, "I will hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance for now".

A growing number of Democrats have called for launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has continued to counsel a more deliberate course. But lawmakers will get access to interview notes and other evidence, including "first-hand accounts of misconduct", Nadler said at the outset of the hearing. What we don't know yet is how much information Democrats will actually obtain through the kind of disclosures the Justice Department is now making.

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". "The Department of Justice remains committed to appropriately accommodating Congress's legitimate interests related to the Special Counsel's Investigation and will continue to do so provided the previously voted-upon resolution does not advance".

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Special counsel Robert Mueller investigated Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with Trump's campaign.

Barr had defied a subpoena to provide an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with underlying evidence. The committee also fought with Barr over the format of his hearing to discuss the special counsel's report, prompting the attorney general to skip his appearance.

The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. The chairmen could take legal action to enforce subpoenas in the future without a vote of the full House, so long as the chairmen have approval from a five-person, bipartisan group where Democrats have the majority.

Democrats want to hear more, and that is what had set the stage for the vote expected Tuesday on contempt for Barr.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, sent Nadler a letter Friday calling the upcoming hearing a "mock impeachment hearing" and warning Democrats to be civil when speaking of the president.

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