Top Dem displays posters of ‘guilty’ subjects in Mueller probe

Top Dem displays posters of ‘guilty’ subjects in Mueller probe
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A top House Democrat at a contentious hearing Thursday brought posters referring to "guilty" associates of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE who have been implicated in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTSA to send hundreds of workers to southern border to enforce immigration policies New EPA rule could expand number of Trump officials weighing in on FOIA requests Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered his opening remarks, aides displayed poster boards to highlight the guilty pleas Mueller has obtained in his ongoing probe.

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Republicans briefly objected to the visual aids. “Cite the rule,” Democrats said, and Cummings was ultimately allowed to proceed.

“There has been one obvious development,” Cummings said. “The special counsel has now obtained five guilty pleas and indicted 18 others, including some of President Trump’s closest advisers.”

The posters displayed photos of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosInquiry into origins of Russia investigation is a scam Trump accuses Democrats of crime amid rising calls for impeachment Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE, Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan and Richard Pinedo, a California man who sold bank numbers to Russian individuals implicated in Mueller’s probe.

Republicans on the House Judiciary and the House Oversight committees called the hearing to grill FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok on text messages he sent expressing criticism of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

GOP lawmakers allege that the messages written by Strzok — a former member of Mueller’s investigative team who also worked on the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton5 things to watch in the Democratic debates Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Mellman: Are primary debates different? MORE email probe — are evidence of anti-Trump bias at the FBI. Democrats, meanwhile, accuse Republicans of undertaking a politically motivated charade to discredit Mueller's probe. 

Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation earlier this year after a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered the text messages.