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DOJ Instructs Mueller Deputies Not To Appear For Testimony

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Additionally, the panel's chairman will be able to subpoena members of the Trump administration related to the formation of its immigration policies, such as the "zero tolerance" policy, as well as documents related to them. The panel particularly wants to determine whether Trump's team was considering pardoning Homeland Security officials working on various immigration issues.

Republicans, meanwhile, blasted House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., over negotiations for Mueller's testimony, accusing him of ceding time to lawmakers on the Intelligence panel and allowing Mueller to dictate the terms. Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday. He said the witnesses "have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing". Lawmakers are beginning to raise alarms they won't have enough time to press Mueller, who has already warned he would not go beyond the findings in his report.

To that end, the committee voted to authorize subpoenas of Keith Davidson, a former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard and American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker.

The committee is also seeking to compel testimony related to payments before the 2016 election to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump years ago.

The panel gave White House officials until July 17 to produce a revised list of objections.

The ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, Representative Doug Collins (R-Georgia), was also critical, arguing the move was "premature".

"If the goal truly is to get the information or testimony, our chairman is failing us, but, as I've repeatedly said, if the goal is political theatre, Chairman Nadler is winning", Collins said.

Rep. Andy Biggs, Arizona Republican, says he'll ask Mr. Mueller when it became clear to them that Mr. Trump "was no longer the core focus of an investigation", a way of underscoring the conclusion that he didn't conspire.

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.

Fellow Ohio Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan will also not be in the room when Mueller testifies, but he would have a few questions too.

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 so", Mueller said. "He said his testimony is in the report, so nobody should anticipate he will make news".

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