Almost 400 prosecutors sign letter saying Trump would be charged with OBSTRUCTION

Democrat clarifies comments on reaching ‘tentative date’ for Mueller testimony

The letter was signed by former Justice Department prosecutors who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, including ex-U.S. attorneys and public corruption trial lawyers.

Also among the prosecutors listed are Paul Pelletier ran for Congress as a Democrat in Virginia past year, and Michael Bromwich, the former inspector general who now represents former Andrew McCabe, the controversial former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who launched at least one of the probes targeting Trump that Mueller ultimately took over.

"The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming", the statement reads.

Trump did not indicate if he would take any steps to block Mueller, who is a Justice Department employee.

They add: "As former federal prosecutors, we recognize that prosecuting obstruction of justice cases is critical because unchecked obstruction - which allows intentional interference with criminal investigations to go unpunished - puts our whole system of justice at risk".

That permitted the Trump-appointed Barr to declare the evidence insufficient and clear Trump - a move which sparked confusion and controversy and apparently left Mueller himself dissatisfied.

Representatives of the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Cicilline's remarks and on Trump's tweet.

Trump's Sunday tweet came hours after House Judiciary member David Cicilline told "Fox News Sunday" that the committee has reached a "tentative date" of May 15 for Mueller to testify, though he later clarified that the date for Mueller's appearance had not yet been finalized.

Some analysts predicted open political warfare over the constitutional division of powers, with Democrats defending Congress's right to conduct oversight and the president and his aides pledging to fight against what they describe as politically driven investigations.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins blasted Nadler in a Monday statement, saying Nadler's request would require Barr to break the law.

Proceedings could be postponed if the attorney general makes a good faith effort to comply with the committee, but that appears unlikely. "Mueller must testify publicly before Congress".

Nadler is proposing to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department declined to provide the committee with a full, unredacted version of special counsel Mueller's report on Trump and Russian Federation.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said last week that May 15 was the committee's target date for Mueller to testify, but it has not yet been finalized. But in a tweet on Sunday President Trump reversed his earlier position and said Mueller should not agree to appear before the committee. And when that did not work, according to Mueller's report, Trump tried to have a message passed to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller's authority.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Mueller and former White House counsel Donald McGahn should testify.

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