Democratic lawmakers are changing gears and are planning on bringing the damning details of the 448-page redacted Mueller report to the public eye with a little help from a Watergate alumna.
According to Politico, former Nixon White House counsel John Dean will be called to testify to the House Judiciary Committee about the findings of the Mueller report. He’ll be joined by various other attorneys and legal experts as part of a panel during a June 10 hearing entitled “Lessons From the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”
Dean was heavily involved in the Watergate scandal cover-up and later turned into a key witness for prosecutors. Dean is now an outspoken critic of Trump.
The panel is part of a larger effort from Democrats to shift the conversation on the Mueller report to the dirty details that the Trump administration, including Attorney General William Barr, avoids.
“We have learned so much even from the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday. “Russia attacked our elections to help President Trump win, Trump and his campaign welcomed this help and the President then tried to obstruct the investigation into the attack. Mueller confirmed these revelations and has now left Congress to pick up where he left off.”
Dean’s testimony will be a welcome change for Democratic House members who have faced major roadblocks in attempting to question people involved in the report. Barr bailed on a House testimony scheduled last month after facing questioning from the Republican-led Senate the day before. The Trump administration has ignored multiple subpoenas from House Democrats, and Mueller indicated he didn’t want to testify in a recent public statement.
The panel testimony will be the first in a scheduled series by House Democrats, and time will tell if the new strategy pays off.
“Given the threat posed by the President’s alleged misconduct, our first hearing will focus on President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction,” Nadler said. “In the coming weeks, other hearings will focus on other important aspects of the Mueller report.”