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House Schedules First Hearing on Mueller’s Findings — Without Mueller

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, grasping for ways to bring the special counsel’s report to life, said on Monday that they would convene a series of hearings focused on Robert S. Mueller III’s findings, even if, at least for now, Mr. Mueller will not be on the witness stand.

The first star witness, in fact, will come from another era and another presidential scandal: John W. Dean, a central figure in the Watergate investigation.

The first hearing, scheduled for June 10 in the House Judiciary Committee, is not exactly the showcase Democrats had hoped for, but it will allow lawmakers on the panel traditionally charged with carrying out impeachment proceedings to fully air Mr. Mueller’s findings for the first time. Thus far, Democrats’ requests for testimony from key witnesses in the Mueller investigation have been blocked by the Trump administration, and Mr. Mueller himself has yet to agree to appear on Capitol Hill.

[Read more about Mr. Dean in our 2018 profile.]

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the committee’s chairman, said the session, “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes,” would zero in on “the most overt acts of obstruction” documented by Mr. Mueller. The special counsel’s exhaustive report detailed at least 10 cases of possible obstruction by Mr. Trump as he sought to thwart investigators studying his campaign’s ties to Russia and its efforts to influence the 2016 election.

“While the White House continues to cover up and stonewall, and to prevent the American people from knowing the truth, we will continue to move forward with our investigation,” Mr. Nadler said in a statement. “These hearings will allow us to examine the findings laid out in Mueller’s report so that we can work to protect the rule of law and protect future elections through consideration of legislative and other remedies.”

In addition to Mr. Dean, who served as President Richard M. Nixon’s White House counsel, other witnesses will include former United States attorneys and other legal experts. Mr. Nadler said other hearings on related topics would follow in the coming weeks, but he did not offer dates.

The committee already has outstanding subpoenas for testimony from two more key witnesses later this month. But neither witness — Hope Hicks, a former White House communications director, or Annie Donaldson, the chief of staff to the former White House counsel — is likely to show.

Source: NYT

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