House Democrats openly rebuked their own Judiciary Committee Tuesday; voting to hold the Attorney General in “civil contempt” hours after Chair Jerrold Nadler backed-away from a formal vote after receiving new information from the Department of Justice.
“In a party-line 229-191 vote, House Democrats on Tuesday passed a civil enforcement resolution that effectively holds Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress — just a day after a key Democrat-led committee postponed its own contempt vote and said the Justice Department was cooperating with its investigation,” reports Fox News.
BREAKING: The House votes to hold AG Barr and Don McGahn In civil contempt. Party line vote was: 229-191.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 11, 2019
JUST IN: House Democrats vote to take AG Bill Barr, former White House counsel Don McGahn to court to enforce subpoenas, their most forceful action to date against the Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations. https://t.co/81Jjp5b4ux
— ABC News (@ABC) June 11, 2019
“The whiplash of legislative action infuriated House Republicans, who said Democrats were violating committee rules and that federal law and executive privilege prevented Barr and McGahn from turning over all the requested documents. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, accused his colleagues of seeking a ‘re-do’ of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for cynical political gain,” adds the article.
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Original Story: June 10, 2019
Rep. Jerrold Nadler confirmed Monday that the House Judiciary Committee will “press pause” on its efforts to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.
“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report,” reports Fox News.
Nadler’s office released a written statement hours after making an agreement with the DOJ to review more details of the Mueller report.
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee’s subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct,” Nadler said. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel.”
Just last week, Nadler refused to back-down from his renewed calls for more investigations into the Trump administration; asserting Mueller’s report had evidence of “multiple crimes.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler: "We're investigating all the things we would investigate frankly in an impeachment inquiry." pic.twitter.com/1Ljxl8BQJo
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2019
“We’re investigating all of the things we would investigate, frankly, in an impeachment inquiry. We are starting with the Mueller report which shows ample evidence of multiple crimes of obstruction of justice and abuse of power. We will have testimony about that,” said Nadler.
“It may very well come to a formal impeachment inquiry, we will see,” he added.