House approves authority to sue Trump advisers who ignore subpoenas

House approves authority to sue Trump advisers who ignore subpoenas ,

June 11 (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give lawmakers clear authority to sue Trump administration figures who defy congressional subpoenas,

In an escalation of wide-ranging probes of President Donald Trump and his inner circle, lawmakers voted 229-191 along party lines to approve the measure.

It authorizes House committees to file lawsuits in federal court seeking orders from judges to compel officials to

Cooperate with official congressional demands for testimony or evidence. Democrats acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the resolution. “This has not been done before. But neither  have we ever seen blanket stonewalling by the administration of all information requests by the House,”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said. “We must go to court to enforce the subpoenas.”Nadler said he would go to court “as quickly as possible” against McGahn to compel him to testify about the Republican president’s efforts to impede Mueller’s investigation.

McGahn, a star witness in the Mueller report, last month defied a subpoena for his testimony and documents after the White House directed him not to cooperate with the Judiciary panel.

The House Ways and Means Committee is seeking his tax returns. Other panels are probing his financial records and documents on policies ranging from immigrant family separation to the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Lawmakers on Nadler’s committee said they hoped to see material as early as Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear what effect the agreement with the Justice Department would have on that dynamic.

“All options are on the table. That’s all I’m going to say publicly,” Nadler told reporters when asked about the possibility of an impeachment inquiry.

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