Democrats voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of court due to his refusal to release the full, unredacted version of the 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,” Jerry Nadler said.
Rep. Jerry Nadler: ""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." https://t.co/tyQwXRUqN0 pic.twitter.com/QWWhn55d6i
— The Hill (@thehill) May 8, 2019
The vote to proceed with charges came following Barr’s refusal to appear before the panel at a hearing last week.
The contempt citation will face one more committee vote and is expected to pass. From there it will go before the full House chamber for a vote, where Democrats hold 38 seats.
Trump then enacted his executive power to protect Barr, drawing overwhelming criticism from liberal members of Congress. Nadler called the action ‘a clear escalation in the Trump administration’s blanket defiance’ of Democrats who were investigating the president and his staff.
Bill Barr is following the law. What's his reward? Democrats are going to hold him in contempt. pic.twitter.com/slK3cXf3k2
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 8, 2019
Sarah Sanders called the contempt vote an ‘abuse of power’.
“Faced with Chairman Nadler’s blatant abuse of power, and at the Attorney General’s request, the President has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege,” said the White House press secretary.
Sanders says that since the Mueller Report did not condemn the president in the way they had hoped, Democrats are looking for a ‘redo.’
‘The Attorney General has been transparent and accommodating throughout this process, including by releasing the no-collusion, no-conspiracy, no-obstruction Mueller Report to the public and offering to testify before the Committee. These attempts to work with the Committee have been flatly rejected. They didn’t like the results of the report, and now they want a redo,” she said.
According to DailyMail, Barr offered to let a select group of Democrats view the entire report except for the grand jury information – but Democratic lawmakers denied his offer, saying they wanted to see it all.
Here’s the thing… the full redacted report has been made available. And not a single Democrat has taken the time to read it. In fact, only a very small group of Congress representatives have read the redacted report in its entirety.
In 1991, Joe Biden called Bill Barr, "a heck of an honorable guy.”
Now, he’s telling us we can’t trust him…
Which is it Sleepy Joe?pic.twitter.com/43Qks1VbnL
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) May 8, 2019
Sanders noted that “there’s a less redacted version of the Mueller report sitting there waiting on them to come and look at it. Not a single Democrat has even taken the time to go and look at it. They’re asking for information they know they can’t have. The attorney general is actually upholding the law,” she said.
Republicans took the time to reconfirm that no collusion had been found in the investigation.
“I feel compelled to remind everyone the report found despite offers to do so, no one from the Trump campaign knowingly conspired with the Russian government. You can’t help but notice that Russian collusion has left the narrative,” Doug Collins said.