In a letter sent to Nadler last week, however, the Department of Justice said that it was willing to resume negotiations with House Democrats, but only if the contempt proceedings against the attorney general are halted and reversed. Watch live in the player above.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Monday held the first in a planned series of hearings on the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and possible collusion by the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and his aides.
Democrats convened the hearing two hours after the panel announced it reached a deal with the Justice Department to obtain "key evidence" related to Mueller's investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.
Nadler said he would hold off on pursuing criminal contempt vote in order to allow the Justice Department time to comply.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., gavels in a hearing on the Mueller report without witness Attorney General William Barr who refused to appear, on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2019.
Tuesday's resolution will be voted on by House leaders, not the full House. He said the "good-faith provision" from the administration to turn over the documents "debunks" claims the White House is stalling Congress.
The Mueller report found that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russian operatives. Subsequently, just like they do on MSNBC, Joyce Vance and Barbara McQuade did an excellent job outlining Trump's obstruction and highlighting Mueller's findings.
Later Monday, Trump lashed out at Dean and Democrats who continue to push for evidence of obstruction of justice that could ultimately be used to try and remove the president from office through impeachment.
On Twitter, President Trump suggested that Democrats are using Dean as a prop to "do over" the results of the Mueller report. The report examined several episodes in which Trump attempted to influence Mueller's probe.
The president said he'll stick out the proceedings, if Democrats go that route.
"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that", Mueller said. Dean drew parallels between Nixon and Trump in his testimony.
Right now, there are around 60 House Democrats who support an inquiry, a number that has risen in recent weeks but is still a fraction of the overall total of House Democrats.
Dean laughed, and said "I did, actually".
"They're picking their lawyers from TV now", she said of the House Democrats, adding that Dean had spoken out against Trump's nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Dean testified that Mueller has provided Congress with a "road map" for investigating Trump.