On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Nancy Pelosi says her judiciary chairman will issue a ‘friendly subpoena’ of Robert Mueller to testify before congress)
CAPITOL HILL– That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying that House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) will subpoena former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before congress. House members want Mueller to clarify comments from his May 29 press conference, when he said: “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Multiple news sources say Mueller will testify within the next two weeks.
In other news, a bipartisan group of senators are stepping up their efforts to block President Donald Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia & the United Arab Emirates after congress voted to halt such sales in March.
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) in a statement said that he and a bipartisan array of senators will “announce they are introducing 22 separate Joint Resolutions of Disapproval to protect and reaffirm Congress’ role of approving arms sales to foreign governments.” Young continued, “The manner in which the Administration has moved forward with these sales is unprecedented and is at odds with longstanding practice and cooperation between the Congress and the executive branch…”
Although Congress had voted to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition involved in Yemen’s civil war this year, it did not have enough votes to override Trump’s veto. Yet Congress can still present resolutions in opposition to Trump’s arms sales to these Arabian states.
Looking forward, Mexico agreed Friday to the “deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.” This is a pledge Mexico had actually agreed to in March in talks between former secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen, and the Mexican secretary of the interior Olga Sanchez.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill