Congress committee to subpoena Jared Kushner, other Trump aides to testify
WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee said Thursday it would subpoena several of Donald Trump’s advisers, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as it probes the U.S. president’s alleged obstruction of the Russia investigation.
The Democrat-led committee said it intends to continue its investigation despite the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller, who will testify himself next week, said in May that longstanding Justice Department guidelines prevented him from charging Trump, despite at least 10 possible acts of criminal obstruction by the president.
The subpoenas — which were approved Thursday but have yet to be issued — will call on several current and former Trump administration officials to testify before the committee.
David Pecker, a longtime Trump friend and publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, will also be summoned to testify before the committee.
“We will not rest until we obtain their testimony and documents,” said committee president Rep. Jerry Nadler.
The scrupulously tight-lipped Mueller will testify publicly in back-to-back hearings beginning next Wednesday, despite previously saying he considered his report the only testimony he needed to give on his work.
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” he said.
Democratic leaders are divided over whether to take the politically fraught step to remove the president, with top Democratic lawmaker Nancy Pelosi particularly opposed to it.