Barr disdained: the Chamber of Judges voted 24-16 to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of Congress today – real-time updates


After the negotiations with the Department of Justice dissolved, House Democrats on the judicial commission voted to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to comply with the panel's quotations to provide documents related to Councilor Robert Mueller's special report in Russia .

The vote passed along the lines of the party, 24-16, after six hours of controversial discussion on the topic. The resolution of contempt will now go to the Chamber for a vote, where it should pass, given the democratic majority.

"It is deeply disappointing that the elected representatives of the American people have chosen to engage in such inappropriate political theatrics," the Justice Department said in a statement in response to the vote.

Shortly before the start of the voting procedure on Wednesday morning, the president alleged privilege on the entire Mueller report and the underlying documents.

In response to the statement of executive privilege, commission chairman Jerry Nadler stated in his opening statement Wednesday that the administration was "misapplying the doctrine of executive privilege" and called the decision a "clear escalation" in the human challenge of the Trump administration "of the constitutional duties of the Congress.

"The information we ask is entirely in our legal right to receive," said Nadler. The Democrats are firmly convinced that Barr should deliver the entire report of Mueller unverified and any underlying material, which the Justice Department refused. The Department offered to allow some members of Congress to view a less-written version of the report, provided that these members do not talk to their colleagues about the report.

"Our struggle is to defend the rights of Congress to hold the president – any president – responsible," added Nadler.

Before the vote, Democrats and Republicans took turns to condemn the opposing party for their positions on the Mueller investigation. Republicans such as ranking member Doug Collins and Rep. Steve Chabot in the committee took the opportunity to condemn the Democrats' position on the committee, and argue that the real scandal was the origins of Mueller's report. GOP representative Louie Gohmert called the report a "coup attempt", using President Trump's language.

Republicans and Democrats have also boiled over because of a legitimate debate about why they were voting to hold Barr in contempt. Nadler claimed that two months of ignored requests for cooperation from the Justice Department had enough time to allow the commission to justify a vote of contempt, while the Republicans did not agree.

The commission unanimously approved an amendment proposed by Republican Republican Matt Gaetz who said that the vote to keep Barr in contempt "would not be interpreted as a directive for the Attorney General to violate federal law or rules". The Republicans claimed that the summons required Barr to commit a crime by revealing material from the grand jury drawn up. The Democrats said they asked the Justice Department's assistance in court to get that material revealed.

Nadler also called the subpoena "the beginning of a dialogue", as the Justice Department refused to negotiate "in good faith", which the Republicans immediately seized. The members of the GOP committee argued that the Democrats had ended the dialogue by issuing a summons.

The Democrats opposed two other amendments proposed by Republicans to vote. At a press conference after the vote, Nadler said that Barr's reluctance to cooperate with House Democrats was a "constitutional crisis". When asked if this crisis required an impeachment proceeding, Nadler expressed his disappointment.

"It may not be the best answer in a constitutional crisis," said Nadler.

Nadler warns of "constitutional crisis" after Barr's vote of contempt

Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote a letter to Nadler condemning the vow of contempt and asserting executive privilege shortly before the proceedings began.

"Unfortunately, rather than allowing the negotiations to continue, you have planned an unnecessary vow of contempt, which you have refused to postpone to allow additional time for the compromise," said Boyd.

Barr also wrote a letter to Mr. Trump on Wednesday asking him to "make a protective executive privilege declaration with respect to the Department of Justice documents recently mentioned by the Chamber of Representatives Judiciary Committee".

"As for President Clinton's statement in 1996, you would only make a preliminary, protective statement of executive privilege intended to guarantee your ability to make a final statement, if necessary, on some or all of the materials mentioned," he said. said Barr.

The statement by the administration of executive privilege comes later the justice department warned that it would ask the president to invoke executive privilege on the entire Mueller report if the commission does not cancel its intended vote, according to a letter from Boyd Tuesday night.

President of the House, Nancy Pelosi, told Washington Post reporter Robert Costa on Wednesday morning that she believes Barr should be scorned by Congress. He also refused to pass judgment on the fact that Barr should be put on trial, saying that "nothing is ever off the table".

"In order for the White House to degrade the assignment the president holds, degrading the US Constitution and degrading the first branch of government, the legislative branch, this is simply not dignified," Pelosi said.

Nadler also threatened to detain the former White House Lawyer Don McGahn in contempt if he did not respond to congressional quotes for similar documents. The White House then ordered McGahn not to comply with the quote, according to a letter obtained from CBS News.



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