House Dems Hold AG Barr In Contempt Over The Mueller Report

May 8, 2019
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The Dems are really throwing a tantrum now. They were upset that the Mueller Report was not the golden goose they were promised.

But now they are holding AG Barr in contempt because he is unwilling to release a fully unredacted version of the Mueller Report to the Dems.

Attorney General Barr has claimed that the DOJ has traditionally redacted information relating to grand jury information, information that would compromise intelligence gathering and sources, information that could interfere with ongoing investigations, and information that could impact the privacy and reputations of people not directly relating to the case in question.”

But that is not good enough for the Dems who are still hoping to salvage some incriminating evidence out of the Mueller Report.

Rep Nadler announced the intentions of House Dems to hold Barr in contempt.

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following opening remarks during a markup of a committee report and resolution recommending that the U.S. House of Representatives find Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on the Judiciary for the full, unredacted Mueller report:

Today we consider a report recommending that the House of Representatives hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a valid subpoena issued by this Committee. This is not a step we take lightly.

It is the culmination of nearly three months of requests, discussions, and negotiations with the Department of Justice for the complete, unredacted report by Special Counsel Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election, along with the underlying evidence.”

I would also like to respond to two of the concerns often raised by my good friend, the Ranking Member.  He asks: how can the Committee hold the Attorney General in contempt for merely complying with the laws on the books?  And how can we hold him in contempt when I have refused an offer to allow me to see certain redacted portions of the report?

The answers are simple.  First, we issued a valid subpoena for the full report and all of the underlying evidence.  The Department has come nowhere close to satisfying its obligations under that subpoena.

The Department has never cited a legal basis for withholding the underlying evidence, including last night’s threat to invoke executive privilege, which was utterly without credibility, merit, or legal or factual basis.

To the extent that we have asked for access to grand jury information—which is protected by federal law—all we have ever asked is that the Department join us in petitioning the court to determine if it is proper for us to have access to this material.  We asked for a commitment to join us in that effort again last night, as it has done in many previous cases, and the Department refused.

Second, with respect to the offer to lift some of the redactions for me and a handful of my colleagues, the Department has placed unacceptable limitations on access to that information.  Their offer would block the members of this Committee from reading those sections of the report for themselves.  It would require me to leave my notes behind at the Department of Justice.  It would prevent me from speaking with my colleagues about what we may find.

I have consistently stated that if we are to do our jobs as Members of the House Judiciary Committee, all of the Members require meaningful access to the Report and the underlying documents.  We need to be able to confer with each other about what we have seen.  We need to be able to take official action on what we have seen, if warranted.  And, if necessary, we need to be able to inform a court of law of what we have learned, even if under seal.

If we can find an accommodation that satisfies those basic principles, I would be happy to continue negotiating with the Department of Justice.  But now, by invoking executive privilege on all of the materials subject to our subpoena, that process has come to a screeching halt.  The Administration has announced—loud and clear—that it does not recognize Congress as a co-equal branch with independent constitutional oversight authority and it will continue to wage its campaign of obstruction.

And to those who consider the matter ‘case closed’, in the words of some of our leaders, and who urge us to simply move on, I would say that to do so is to announce—loud and clear—that such a course of action has the effect of aiding and abetting in the Administration’s campaign of total, blanket, and unprecedented obstruction.

The Trump Administration, and its enablers, may brazenly try to cover up the misdeeds uncovered by the Special Counsel, but on this Committee we will represent the American people and ensure the truth is known.”

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,’ said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec in a statement.”

The Dems are upset the DOJ won’t back them up in their attempt to petition for privileged grand jury related information. This makes them sound like a bunch of spoiled brats not getting their way. So they are doing everything in their power to attack those responsible.

Dems are now wasting all of their time trying to find ways to come after Trump instead of serving their constituents. Just how many times does Trump have to be proven innocent?

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