Robert Mueller testified in front of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees in late July. The messaging from Republicans following the former special counsel’s appearance was that the case on Russian meddling was closed.
That does not mean, though, that Democrats agree with that line of thinking. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) currently heads the House Judiciary Committee and he has vowed to continue the investigation into Trump’s actions. On Monday, Nadler announced that the committee will subpoena former White House aide, Rob Porter.
The committee is requesting that Porter speaks before them on September 17th. The Judiciary committee also hopes to speak with Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn on the same day.
Nadler wrote in a statement, “Rob Porter was prominently featured in the Special Counsel’s description of President Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice by directing then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the Special Counsel, and then ordering him to lie about it.”
Porter was mentioned in Robert Mueller’s findings. One section of the report read, “The President told Porter that the article [in which Don McGahn said Trump told him to fire Mueller] was ‘bullsh*t’ and he had not sought to terminate the Special Counsel. The President said that McGahn leaked to the media to make himself look good.”
Porter left the White House after he was accused of domestic violence by multiple women. John Kelly, then White House Chief of Staff, said of Porter, “I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”