BREAKING: Democrats to Hold Barr in Contempt

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Blowing past a 9 a.m. deadline to deliver the unredacted portions of the Special Counsel’s report, House Democrats are keeping their vow to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt.


The ongoing battle between the Justice Department and House Democrats has been escalating in the weeks since the report was released. Via POLITICO:

The announcement comes as Democrats have argued that the redacted version Barr made public last month is insufficient to consider a potential congressional response to Mueller’s findings, particularly his evidence that President Donald Trump attempted to thwart the investigation.

The committee launched its own obstruction of justice investigation against the president earlier this year. The contempt citation explicitly mentions that probe, which is also centered on allegations of “public corruption and other abuses of power” by the president.

“Attorney General Barr failed to comply with the committee’s request for these documents and thereby has hindered the committee’s constitutional, oversight, and legislative functions,” the citation states.

The House Judiciary Committee is announcing in the citation that it plans to push ahead with its own investigation of alleged obstruction by President Donald Trump.


The contempt citation also references the Justice Department’s long-standing policy against indicting a sitting president, noting that Mueller accepted those guidelines in declining to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

“Congress is therefore the only body able to hold the president to account for improper conduct in our tripartite system, and urgently requires the subpoenaed material to determine whether and how to proceed with its constitutional duty to provide checks and balances on the president and executive branch,” the citation states. “Otherwise, the president remains insulated from legal consequences and sits above the law.”

This is the second time that Barr has refused to meet Democrats’ demands. Last week, he refused to appear before the committee, citing the committee’s plan to have its members’ counsel also question the Attorney General.


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