Congressional Democrats ready to ask Robert Mueller about Russian Federation investigation

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The panel particularly wants to determine whether Trump's team was considering pardoning Homeland Security officials working on various immigration issues. Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday.

"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".

"Beyond what I've said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department before Congress", he said.

The vote gives panel Chairman Jerrold Nadler discretion on whether to subpoena current and former Trump advisers such as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, as part of a broad corruption and obstruction of justice probe of the Trump presidency.

Others are former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Robert Porter; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Sessions chief of staff Jody Hunt; political operative Corey Lewandowski and attorney Keith Davidson.

That includes a return to the Iran nuclear deal - adopted under Obama in 2015 and abandoned by President Trump a year ago - renewed support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and additional focus on an Obama-era program that traded aid for Central American leaders' commitments to tamp down various crises that are sending migrants streaming to America's doorstep. The White House has previously ordered former officials to not discuss their time in the administration. - Dylan Howard and David Pecker - who testified about Trump's alleged hush-money payments.

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Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, said the new batch of subpoenas is "a chance for the chairman to prove to his rank and file, and the rest of the Democratic caucus, he can be tough on the Trump administration after being pushed around for six months". Mueller did not explicitly state that Trump obstructed justice, but said the evidence uncovered during the investigation also did not exonerate the president.

The announcement from the Judiciary Committee comes as lawmakers on that panel and the House Intelligence Committee prepare to hear directly from Mueller himself next week for the first time about his almost two-year investigation. As the hearing approaches, Democrats have been in last-minute negotiations to figure out the format under the tight time constraints.

Other Republicans used the meeting to vent about the strict constraints that members are poised to face during next week's hearing with Mueller.

"If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that", he said. "I think I'm qualified to ask questions".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference that she wishes they had more time with Mueller, but "I'm glad we have the time that we have".

The House Judiciary Committee authorized a battery of subpoenas tied to President Donald Trump's possible obstruction of justice, as well as the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families.

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