Off-the-rails Dems Schedule Vote to Hold AG Barr in Contempt…

  • House Judiciary Committee Democrats set up a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to appear for a second day of testimony in front of the committee last week about the release of the Mueller report.
  • The Democrats had previously threatened Barr with contempt if he failed to appear.
  • After the Justice Department’s failure to meet the House’s 9 a.m. Monday deadline to offer the full Mueller report and supporting evidence, the House committee scheduled a markup of a contempt citation for Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • If the committee votes on Wednesday to hold Barr in contempt, the resolution would go to the House floor for a full vote. The process could last months or years.
  • There has been growing tensions and mounting battles between the House committee and Justice Department over how the Justice Department handled the Russian investigation and the report’s findings.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler released a statement that said the committee had “no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings in order to enforce the subpoena and access the full, unredacted report.”

Reference Links

  • The Hill: Politico: Democrats schedule contempt markup for Barr over Mueller report READ
  • Politico: Democrats prepare to hold William Barr in contempt READ
  • The Guardian: Trump escalates fight with Democrats as they move to hold Barr in contempt READ

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