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House Democrats to Hold Contempt Vote Wednesday After Barr Misses Deadline to Provide Complete Mueller Report
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50732"><span class="small">Felicia Sonmez and Rachael Bade, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Monday, 06 May 2019 14:09

Excerpt: "Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said they will vote Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress after Barr missed a deadline to produce a complete version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report."

Sen. Patrick Leahy questions attorney General William Barr. (photo: Fox News)
Sen. Patrick Leahy questions attorney General William Barr. (photo: Fox News)

House Democrats to Hold Contempt Vote Wednesday After Barr Misses Deadline to Provide Complete Mueller Report

By Felicia Sonmez and Rachael Bade, The Washington Post

06 May 19


emocrats on the House Judiciary Committee said they will vote Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress after Barr missed a deadline to produce a complete version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report.

The panel had set a deadline of 9 a.m. Monday for Barr to provide the unredacted version of Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. It announced the planned vote in a statement Monday.

“Although the Committee has attempted to engage in accommodations with Attorney General Barr for several months, it can no longer afford to delay, and must resort to contempt proceedings,” reads the text of a contempt report released by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). “The Committee urgently requires access to the full, unredacted Mueller Report and to the investigatory and evidentiary materials cited in the Report.”

Barr had released a redacted version on April 18, but Democrats said that was insufficient and have been seeking the full report and the underlying evidence.

In response to a committee subpoena, the Justice Department said last week that it was “unable to provide” Mueller’s investigative files, citing a “compelling need to protect the autonomy and effectiveness of its investigations.”

Barr last week declined to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, rejecting Democrats’ plans to have a counsel question him alongside lawmakers. The move infuriated Democrats, who have threatened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

In his contempt resolution, Nadler pointed to the ongoing threat of Russian election interference as one of the reasons that Democrats are seeking to view a more complete version of Mueller’s report. Sections of the publicly-released version of Mueller’s report describing the actions of Russia’s Internet Research Agency and other Russian hacking efforts “contain significant redactions, which impair the ability of the Committee to gain a complete understanding of Russia’s actions,” the contempt report states.

“Without this information, the Committee is unable to fully perform its responsibility to protect the impending 2020 elections — and thus our democracy itself — from a recurrence of Russian interference,” the report states.

A contempt citation against Barr would set up a lengthy legal battle over the Mueller report, as Democrats take the matter to civil court.

The issue could take months or years to resolve, as was the case in 2012 when the Republican-led House sued Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

In 2012, the House also voted to hold Holder in contempt, the first sitting attorney general held in contempt of Congress.

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-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-06 18:46
This is bad theatre. Barr did make a "fuller" version of the Mueller report available to leaders of the relevant congressional committies. So far a few republicans have signed in and read the report but no democrats have. In fact, they are boycotting it because it is not totally unredacted.

Anyone with half a brain knows that only a judge and a court order can remove the rest of the redactions. This is not really in Barr's hands.

It just appears that congressional democrats are trying to pick a fight with Barr and that is pointless theatre. If they want to impeach Trump, they should just do it. But this pissing match with Barr just makes it seem that they are afraid to launch an impeachment so they are trying to seem tough by beating up on Barr.

The bright side of all this is that the current leadership of the democratic party are in their death throes. They simply cannot lead in a useful say. Nadler, Schiff, Swallowell and just first class losers. They will be swept out to sea in the progressive tsunami of 2020.

Barr is a republican functionary. He's an asshole for sure. But this is not the way to deal with him. He is useful to progressive democrats because he is determined to put all of the Clinton/Obama functionaries in the FBI and DOJ in prison. That's one good way to purge the party. Let Barr swing the axe.

0 # DongiC 2019-05-06 23:12
Quite a battle shaping up between the Justice Department and the House of Representatives . What's at stake but the future of our democracy, the Constitution, and, quite probably, the future of the Republican Party. The GOP is going all-in on its defense of our mad president. Republican congressmen are risking their political futures backing the snake-oil salesman who would be king. I think they eventually will find this most unwise as the nation turns against them and throws them out of office.

Then, our government will turn to the task of reform and survival passing legislation long overdue in the struggle to reverse global warming. We have other vital needs as well: dealing with diminishing bio-diversity items, providing everyone with decent medical care, helping college students pay for their education, repairing aging infrastructure, aiding the aged, attacking the problem of plastics both in our oceans and our crop lands.

With the Republican anchors removed, the American ship of state can take its position as leader in the Democratic Socialist drive for a new state and a new way of life. It will not be easy but I think there is still time to save humanity. The shamans of the world will provide a new source of spiritual leadership and the second messiah will point the way to a new and wonderful source of energy. Although deliverance will be close, I think we will make it. The doubters will not prevail!
+1 # Ramon 2019-05-06 23:13
I ope this actually means something actually will get done, and not just more dithering and blithering. I wish I felt more optimistic, but I don't.
+1 # joe_me 2019-05-07 07:45
After the "inherent contempt" vote in the Democrat controlled House tomorrow & its approval J.Nadler should immediately order the Sergeant of Arms go with the Capitol Police & arrest these criminals Barr, Mnuchin & Rettig wherever these cowards are hiding, stick their sorry behinds in jail & leave em there until they comply with the legal requests.
+2 # jwb110 2019-05-07 10:48
I remember when the Republican party was the party of Law and Order. When will someone across the aisle stand up and ask them what happen to that principal they adhered to for so long. The GOP can be strangled by their own rhetoric if anyone in the Democratic Party is smart enough to hoist them up by their own petard.
+1 # lfeuille 2019-05-07 19:15
They don't have a choice. This is Trumps fault. He got Barr to ignore the law. He can't get away with that.