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House judiciary committee votes to hold William Barr in contempt

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Published on May 10, 2019 with No Comments

The House judiciary committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. The committee voted 24-16 in favor of holding Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena to produce a full, unredacted version of the Robert Mueller report, in what House judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, described as “a very grave and momentous step.” “We did not relish doing this, but we have no choice,” he said.

The Department of Justice condemned the committee’s decision as “politically motivated and unnecessary.” The department asked the committee to suspend enforcement of its subpoena, which was issued last month after Barr declined to provide the full version of the report. “The attorney general could not comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena without violating the law, court rules and court orders and without threatening the independence of the Department’s prosecutorial functions,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement. President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege  to prevent the unredacted Mueller report from being released to Congress. “Faced with Chairman Nadler’s blatant abuse of power, and at the Attorney General’s request, the president has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege,” White House press secretary Sarah Sander is reported to have said.  “The American people see through Chairman Nadler’s desperate ploy to distract from the president’s historically successful agenda and our booming economy,” Sanders added. “Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands.”

 

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