John Dean likens Trump to Nixon; Cuccinelli wins little GOP support to...

John Dean likens Trump to Nixon; Cuccinelli wins little GOP support to lead Immigration Services

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John Dean testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday: Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
John Dean testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday: Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: John Dean says the Mueller report is a road map to impeachment)

CAPITOL HILL – That was John Dean, former White House Counsel under President Richard Nixon, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday afternoon. He said that President Donald Trump’s multiple actions trying to halt Robert Mueller’s investigation are impeachable and that the Mueller report shows a way forward toward impeachment.

One Republican Congressman, Justin Amash (R-Mich.) from Michigan, proclaimed on Twitter last month his support for Trump’s impeachment. In a series of tweets on Friday, Amash said “the Mueller’s report is damning for the president.”

Now Amash will leave the hard-right Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus had voted to condemn Amash’s tweet last month, but they decided not to force him out. Many members are staunch supporters of Trump and deny he obstructed justice or colluded with the Russians.

Looking forward, key Senate Republicans don’t support Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the top spot in the agency.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters, “He’s made a career of attacking other Republicans and frankly attacking President Trump, so I doubt he’ll have the support to get confirmed.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) remembers Cuccinelli’s efforts in 2014 to oust McConnell and said of Cuccinelli to reporters in April: “I have expressed my, shall I say, lack of enthusiasm for one of them … Ken Cuccinelli.”

The White House announced on Monday that Cuccinelli would take the helm of USCIS, even though he has never worked at the agency. The White House has not nominated him yet as director. He can remain as acting director for 210 days.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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