On Thursday the House Judiciary Committee will vote to authorize subpoenas for 12 of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s witnesses. Those on the list to receive subpoenas includes Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his former deputy Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
All of the included witnesses gave crucial testimony to Mueller about Trump’s attempts to stop the Russia investigation, The group of subpoena authorizations clearly represents an expansion of the committee’s Trump based investigation. The committee has faced repeated resistance from the White House as it investigates obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.
Most Democratic leaders already support starting impeachment proceedings against Trump. Those numbers are bound to increase after Mueller testifies on July 17.
According to Politico “the subpoena targets include two executives of American Media, Inc. — Dylan Howard and David Pecker — who testified about Trump’s alleged hush-money payments to a woman who accused him of an extramarital affair before the election. And it includes current and former Trump administration officials Rick Dearborn, Jody Hunt, and Rob Porter.”
The list also includes Keith Davidson, an attorney who previously represented adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen orchestrated a $130,000 payment to Daniels to buy her silence over an alleged affair with Trump. Cohen is currently serving a three- year prison sentence.
“As always, I remain open to reaching a reasonable accommodation and will not issue subpoenas if the information we are seeking is voluntarily provided,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement.
“Mr. Mueller’s team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas before concluding that no Americans conspired with Russia,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. “Even if Chairman Nadler still believes subpoenas are conversation starters, it’s hard to imagine this handful of subpoenas will do anything but reinforce the principal conclusions we’ve been able to read about for months.”
Right now, it is not clear if the Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler,, plans to issue the subpoenas immediately if the committee votes to authorize them. Nadler said Tuesday that he remains “open to reaching a reasonable accommodation and will not issue subpoenas if the information we are seeking is voluntarily provided.”
“We will get answers one way or the other,” he said.
Nadler’s committee has also been locked in battle with the Trump administration on other fronts as well. Voting to hold current and former Trump administration officials in contempt for defying congressionally issued subpoenas. In April, Trump vowed to block any and all subpoenas against members of his administration.
“We’re fighting all of the subpoenas,” Trump said in April. “Look, these aren’t like, impartial people. They are Democrats trying to win in 2020…They’re not going to win against me.”
Trump added, at the time, that “the only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense.”