1. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"The administration's objection not only violates long-established precedent, it endangers our very democracy. We need answers on the many questions left unanswered by the Mueller report which made clear that the Russians waged an all-out attack on our democracy and documented the Mueller report documented eleven instances of obstruction from the White House itself."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader:
"At its core, House Res. 430 is just a desperate attempt to re-litigate the Mueller investigation. That's why I urge colleagues to oppose this resolution. It does not strengthen Congress oversight powers contrary, to what you may hear from the other side, Mr. Speaker. Fundamentally, it is an impeachment effort in everything but name."
3. Various of House Floor after the vote on H.R. 430, Rep. G. K. Butterfield reads results ++GRAPHICS ON SCREEN AS INCOMING++
UPSOUND (English) "On this vote. On this vote the yeas are 229. And the nays are 191. The resolution is adopted. Without objection. Without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table."
Washington - 11 June 2019
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Jerry Nadler, (D) New York:
"Despite the continued stonewalling, delay tactics and distraction by Trump and the administration, we will move forward with holding this president accountable to the American people. The resolution passed today will allow Congress to enforce our subpoenas in the courts so that we can carry out our constitutional duty to conduct oversight, uncover evidence and hear from key witnesses. We will continue to work in good faith with Attorney General Barr and the Department of Justice over access to the underlying evidence from Special Counsel Mueller's investigation as announced yesterday in our agreement with the department. We will move as quickly as possible to go to court against Don McGahn, the president's former counsel and any subsequent witnesses who disobey a committee subpoena. We are going to move quickly to court for access to grand jury material in the Muller report. We will continue our hearings and investigative work related to what was uncovered in the Mueller report."
The House Judiciary Committee chairman says his panel will move "as quickly as possible" to seek court enforcement of a subpoena against former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler spoke after the House approved a resolution that makes it easier to file lawsuits against witnesses who defy subpoenas. That includes McGahn, who declined last month to provide documents or testimony at the urging of the White House. McGahn is the most-cited witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
The resolution passed 229-191 Tuesday, along party lines. Democrats have moved toward lawsuits as they investigate President Donald Trump and his administration.
Mueller found no conspiracy between Trump and Russia, but did not clear him of obstruction.
"We need answers to the questions left unanswered by the Mueller report," Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of voting.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy countered that the Democratic maneuvers are all "just a desperate attempt to re-litigate the Mueller investigation."
Said McCarthy, "It's an impeachment effort in everything but name."