Donald Trump’s Attorney General William Barr is playing games and must be trying to hide something in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, because he defied a congressional subpoena this morning to turn over the full unredacted Mueller report to congress.
In response, the House Judiciary Committee has taken its first formal step toward holding Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena. The panel announced on Monday that it will consider a contempt citation against Barr on Wednesday. A vote of approval from the Democrat-led committee would send the measure to the full House for consideration later this month.
House Judiciary Committee to Vote Wednesday to Hold Barr in Contempt
The Committee has taken its first formal step toward holding AG Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for special counsel Mueller's unredacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. pic.twitter.com/l4f4hqSShZ
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“The attorney general’s failure to comply with our subpoena, after extensive accommodation efforts, leaves us no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings in order to enforce the subpoena and access the full, unredacted report,” Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
The Committee’s contempt citation will explicitly mention the House’s own investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and “public corruption and other abuses of power” by Trump. Nadler said he would put the contempt proceedings on hold if the Justice Department engages in a “good-faith” effort to give Democrats access to the requested information. “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 will state.
There can be no doubt that there is additional information about Trump’s obstructed of justice in the full unredacted report. It is only Barr’s opinion that Trump did not obstruct justice and the House deserves to see all the evidence so they can make a determination for themselves.