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In testimony to Congress, Nixon's lawyer lays out case for Trump's impeachment


Added 06-10-19 05:59:02pm EST - “The ball is in Congress' court.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “In testimony to Congress, Nixon’s lawyer lays out case for Trump’s impeachment”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former White House counsel John Dean and other expert witnesses laid out the case Monday for impeaching President Donald Trump in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean drew parallels between Richard Nixon’s case and Trump’s. Their testimony confirmed what special counsel Robert Mueller’s report implied: that it was now up to Congress to decide whether the president committed a crime.

“Congress — constitutionally, the first branch among equals — has a duty to investigate, expose, and hold accountable anyone who abuses the power of the presidency,” former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance told the committee. “This hearing is a first step in fulfilling that duty, and I am both honored and sobered to contribute to this essential work.”

The testimony Monday by Dean, Vance, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Malcolm focused on allegations that Trump may have committed obstruction of justice.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, released in April, cleared Trump and his campaign of criminally conspiring with Russia’s 2016 election meddling. But Mueller declined to determine whether Trump may have obstructed justice, and his report details 10 instances in which Trump appeared to use his office to hinder the special counsel’s investigation.

Democrats on the committee focused their questions on one of those incidents — a June 17, 2017 phone call in which Trump allegedly asked former White House Counsel Don McGahn to direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to remove Mueller.

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