Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt

Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt

Barr said that Trump instructing his lawyer (White House Counsel Don McGahn) to change his testimony is "not a crime".

Trump, his children and their family real estate company swiftly responded, seeking a preliminary injunction that would stop the banks from complying with the subpoenas while the lawsuit is underway.

The President suggested Thursday on Fox News that he does not think his former White House counsel should testify.

"We can not - we simply can not - have a presidency that is run as if it were a king or a dictator in charge", said Cummings, D-Md.

"The committees have broad legislative, investigative, and oversight authority". He did not specify whether he wanted Mueller to appear in person. "Democrats continue to cite no precedent for the Justice Department ceding Congress grand jury materials outside of impeachment proceedings, and today's letter is inaccurate in claiming the Justice Department provided information to Congress as part of the Starr investigation".

U.S. Attorney General William Barr listens to questions as he testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1.

"The committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the department", Nadler wrote. Nadler subpoenaed the entire document a day later. "Individuals can provide testimony to a committee in a number of different ways".

Republicans are largely declining to join Democrats in pursuing the investigations any further.

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The attorney general missed an initial subpoena deadline to turn over the Mueller material on Wednesday and skipped a hearing before Nadler's committee on Thursday after Democrats adopted an aggressive format that would have subjected Barr to questions from staff attorneys.

Going after a high-profile politician's bar membership is ground that's been plowed before. But the Justice Department has resisted, saying the subpoena does not constitute legitimate oversight and describing its demands as "overbroad and extraordinarily burdensome". Nor would it guarantee criminal charges against Barr: House approval of the contempt citation would send a criminal referral to the USA attorney for the District of Columbia, a Justice Department official who is likely to defend the attorney general. He said that he was "absolutely" confident in his decision.

When asked what contempt proceedings would look like, the Tennessee Democrat expressed his "hope" that "it would be inherent contempt ... because we go out and take him and bring him in and have him personally brought to the House".

"Impeachment is never off the table, but should we start there?"

"Based on his non-response", Harris said, "I am now suspicious..." Lawmakers are also digging up research on Congress's long dormant "inherent contempt" powers, which haven't been triggered in almost a century. They can sue for compliance with the threat of fines. Pockets of Democrats are already calling for Barr's impeachment, including Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who is running for president.

Steyer is unlikely to have success in his push, even as infuriated Democratic lawmakers might applaud and take up the call.

And then there's talk of jail time. "It is something else entirely to allow his advisers to appear before Congress", the letter said. "There is no Senate jail", she said.

"I didn't want to stick my head into that meat grinder", Barr recalled during his confirmation hearing in January.

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