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Special counsel Robert Mueller may be finished with his investigation of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, but congressional Democrats are not.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said if parts of the Mueller report are not made public by the administration, House Democrats will intervene.

“If the Justice Department doesn’t release the whole report or tries to keep parts of it secret, we will certainly subpoena the parts of the report and we will reserve the right to call Mueller to testify before the committee or to subpoena him,” Nadler said, according to the New York Post.

Although the report has not yet been made public, the early word on the document is that it will be anti-climactic.

Other Democrats also want Mueller to speak publicly about his investigation.

Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island said Mueller should testify publicly about “the evidence he gathered, the scope of his work, and findings,” according to Politico.

Regardless of Mueller’s findings, Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have already launched a separate investigation into alleged obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by the president.

“Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” Nadler said earlier this month. “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”

From the Republican side, lawmakers said that after an investigation that lasted almost two years, enough is enough.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said the report should be made public and “put an end to the speculation and innuendo that has loomed over this administration since its earliest days.”

“Attempts to keep the collusion narrative alive, especially for political reasons, will only serve to further harm our political discourse and play into the hands of our foreign adversaries,” Grassley said.

“The Mueller report delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that’s true, it would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating ‘Russian collusion’ without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one. Why? Because there was no collusion,” North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted.

“I have always believed it was important that Mr. Mueller be allowed to do his job without interference, and that has been accomplished,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said.

Before the report was released, the president also said it should be made public.

“Let people see it. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing,” he said, according to The New York Times.

Mueller indicated Friday that his report was delivered to Attorney General William Barr, who as of Saturday morning had not released it.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Westernjournal: Democrats May Call Mueller To Testify, Continue Trump-Russia Probe After Mueller Investigation Is Over

China will increase its purchases of a broad range of American products under an agreement that will stave off a tariff increase President Donald Trump had planned to impose on Jan. 1, officials announced Saturday.

China agreed to buy “a very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other products from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, according to Politico.

China will “start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately,” Sanders said.

In her statement, she said that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping “agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture.”

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“Both parties agree that they will endeavor to have this transaction completed within the next 90 days. If at the end of this period of time, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10 percent tariffs will be raised to 25 percent,” she said.

Xi also agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, meaning that Chinese citizens selling the drug are subject to China’s maximum penalty, Sanders said in the statement, according to the White House media press pool.

The decision came after a meeting between American and Chinese officials at the G20 summit in Argentina.

“This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China,” Trump said. “It is my great honor to be working with President Xi.”

At the summit meeting, Trump emphasized the positive nature of his relationship with Xi, New York Times reported.

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“The relationship is very special — the relationship that I have with President Xi,” he said.

“I think that is going to be a very primary reason why we’ll probably end up with getting something that will be good for China and good for the United States,” he said.

Xi also offered an upbeat assessment of his partnership with Trump.

“Only with cooperation between us can we serve the interest of world peace and prosperity.”

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Author: Jack Davis

Source: Westernjournal: Trump Keeps Promise to Farmers, China Folds in Negotiations

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