House Judiciary Committee Votes To Hold AG Bill Barr In Contempt After Defying Subpoena
By Space Coast Daily // May 8, 2019
ABOVE VIDEO: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler makes remarks after the committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena seeking Mueller files.
(FOX NEWS) – The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to recommend holding Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying documents, after President Trump asserted executive privilege in a bid to protect those files from release.
Both developments represented a major escalation in the already-tense fight between the two branches of government over access to information the Justice Department says cannot be legally released.
The committee’s 24-16 vote on contempt for Barr was along party lines and came after hours of debate. House leaders will now decide whether to take up the contempt citation on the House floor for a final vote.
If approved, the measure would be referred to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia — who could choose not to act. House Democrats could also pursue a lawsuit.
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