Judiciary Democrats announce series of hearings on Mueller report

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday announced a series of hearings on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's Russia investigation in order to further examine President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE's conduct as well as election interference by Moscow.

Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' National Archives: Trump, Bush can review Democrats' request for Kavanaugh records MORE (D-N.Y.) announced the next hearing, titled "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes," on June 10 as a way to push forward with the committee's sprawling oversight investigation into the Trump administration amid stonewalling from the White House.

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"While the White House continues to cover up and stonewall, and to prevent the American people from knowing the truth, we will continue to move forward with our investigation," Nadler said in a statement.

"These hearings will allow us to examine the findings laid out in Mueller's report so that we can work to protect the rule of law and protect future elections through consideration of legislative and other remedies," Nadler added.

Former White House Counsel John Dean as well as former U.S. attorneys and legal experts are slated to testify at the hearing next week.

Dean will be the first in a series of witnesses, according to Nadler.

"Given the threat posed by the President's alleged misconduct, our first hearing will focus on President Trump's most overt acts of obstruction. In the coming weeks, other hearings will focus on other important aspects of the Mueller report," Nadler said in his statement, adding that Mueller "has now left Congress to pick up where he left off."

The hearings come as Democrats and the White House are locked in a fight over the testimony of current and former Trump administration officials.

In particular, Democrats want to call witnesses to testify about the episodes Mueller investigated as possible cases of obstruction of justice by Trump, including attempts to have Mueller fired from the investigation.

But House Democrats faced a setback last week when Mueller, during his first public remarks since the probe ended, stated that he does not want to testify before Congress and that his lengthy report should stand as his testimony.

While Nadler has remained vague on whether he will subpoena Mueller to testify, other Democrats have continued their calls for his public testimony, stating that he is a key witness.

The special counsel also reiterated last week that the evidence collected in the investigation was “insufficient” to charge a broader conspiracy between members or associates of the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller, however, said he did not reach a determination on the question of whether the president obstructed justice.

It was Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUS attorney blames Philadelphia DA for 'culture of disrespect' that led to police shootings GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE along with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' MORE and other Department of Justice counsels who determined that the evidence laid out in Mueller’s report was insufficient to accuse Trump of obstruction.

Mueller's remarks renewed calls from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings and further fired up Democrats who say the ball is in their court when it comes to making a call on whether Trump obstructed justice.