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DC Round-up: Impeachment Latest, Plus DOJ Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Mueller Probe




Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks during a press conference alongside House Republicans calling for transparency regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks during a press conference alongside House Republicans calling for transparency regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a halt when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security because some of the Republicans took electronic devices into a secure room.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter says. It’s a move that is likely to raise concerns that President Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents.

The revelation comes as Trump is already facing scrutiny about a potential abuse of power, including a House impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

We get the latest on impeachment and the DOJ’s criminal inquiry. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guests:

Josh Gerstein, senior legal affairs contributor for Politico; he tweets @joshgerstein

Matt Zapotosky, national security reporter covering the DOJ for the Washington Post; he tweets @mattzap