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Nadler Threatens Barr With Contempt Over Mueller Report
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50712"><span class="small">Rebecca Shabad and Alex Moe, NBC News</span></a>   
Friday, 03 May 2019 13:23

Excerpt: "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent a final counteroffer Friday to Attorney General William Barr to obtain the full version of the special counsel's report, along with an ultimatum: If the Justice Department doesn’t comply, the panel will initiate contempt proceedings."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times)


Nadler Threatens Barr With Contempt Over Mueller Report

By Rebecca Shabad and Alex Moe, NBC News

03 May 19


The Judiciary Committee chair's original deadline for the Justice Department to comply with the subpoena was May 1.

ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent a final counteroffer Friday to Attorney General William Barr to obtain the full version of the special counsel's report, along with an ultimatum: If the Justice Department doesn’t comply, the panel will initiate contempt proceedings.

“The Committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the Department. But if the Department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the Committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse,” Nadler wrote in a letter detailing Democrats' new demands.

Nadler, who issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report and the underlying evidence on April 19, gave the Department of Justice a new deadline of 9 a.m. ET Monday to respond. Nadler's original deadline for the department to comply with the subpoena was Wednesday.

The DOJ declined to comment.

In the Friday letter, Nadler asked that DOJ reconsider its refusal to allow all members of Congress and appropriate staff to review redacted portions of the report in a secure location, excluding grand jury material. The DOJ is only allowing 12 top lawmakers to view it, which Democrats have refused to do because they wouldn't be able to discuss it with their colleagues.

Nadler also asked that DOJ work directly with Congress to seek a court order for the grand jury material in Mueller's report, writing that there is precedent for the courts to authorize the release. Barr, however, has suggested in his congressional testimony that he has no interest in seeking the release of grand jury materials.

“Lastly, it cannot go unremarked that, in refusing to comply with congressional oversight requests, the Department has repeatedly asserted that Congress’s requests do not serve 'legitimate' purposes. This is not the Department’s judgment to make,” Nadler said. “Congress’s constitutional, oversight and legislative interest in investigating misconduct by the President and his associates cannot be disputed.”

Nadler’s letter comes a day after Barr declined to show up for a scheduled hearing before the judiciary panel to discuss the Mueller investigation. Democrats said that he decided not to testify because of conditions they imposed for questioning Barr in a closed session after a public appearance. Nadler held the hearing anyway, and warned that, “If he does not provide this committee with the information it demands and the respect it deserves, Mr. Barr’s moment of accountability will come soon enough.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Barr committed a crime during testimony last month in which the attorney general denied knowledge of concerns raised by Mueller's team over his four-page summary of Mueller's 448-page report.

"He lied to Congress," she said. "If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law — not the president of the United States, not the attorney general."

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+7 # DongiC 2019-05-04 06:33
Lock him up! "Him". = Barr, Flynn, Miller, Mannafort, Cohens, Stone, Huckleby Sanders, Conway, Trump, Jr., Prince, Spicer, Gates et al. What a pathetic list of civil servants. Of course, lock up the master- chief of crime and mayhem, of lies and deception, the king of selfishness, Donald Trump. And, throw away the key.
 
 
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-04 07:33
"Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent a final counteroffer Friday to Attorney General William Barr to obtain the full version of the special counsel's report, along with an ultimatum: If the Justice Department doesn’t comply, the panel will initiate contempt proceedings."

WTF -- The full Mueller Report (or with a lot fewer redactions) has been available to 12 members of congress for more than a week. So democrats are refusing to look at it just to prove a point or to pick a fight with Barr? If there were really damning material that was previously redacted, Democrats would or should be all over the report.

I'm all for over sight. This is a constitutional duty of congress. But what Nadler is not doing oversight. He's picking a fight with Barr and the DOJ. Sessions DOJ refused to hand over millions of pages of subpoenaed documents to the republican who ran this committee last term. Nadler better be careful what he demands. He may get all the documents released and then a lot of the friends of Bill and Hillary may get charged with crimes. The missing Strzok-Page text messages will very likely implicate Obama in the spying on Trump.

Nadler does not seem to be a very good politician. He seems to be a suicide bomber.
 
 
+1 # revhen 2019-05-04 07:48
Barr used the excuse that he would not appear because legal staff, not just congresspersons , would be asking questions. If Nadler were smart he would have agreed to just have the congresspersons ask (the legal support could whisper questions to them!). Barr would then have to come up with another excuse -- if he could. Bummer.
 
 
+2 # Rcomm 2019-05-04 09:44
Perhaps instead of waffling, the dems should go ahead with contempt proceedings.
Oh, I forgot, the dems don't do that type of politics.