William Barr and Congress’ broken contempt power

Last month, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that the House hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. The 24-16 decision was made along partisan lines. The vote came 19 days after Congress demanded Barr deliver to members an unredacted copy of the Mueller report — which he refused to do.

That the committee’s Democrats held Barr in contempt is unsurprising. Last month, Barr held a news conference that spun the Mueller report favorably toward President Donald Trump, who drives the left crazy. Subsequently, the attorney general ticked off Democrats further by haggling over if and when he would appear before Congress. When he did show up, he tossed gas on the flames by dismissing Robert Mueller’s complaint about the presser as “snitty” and generally refusing to kowtow to the left side of the dais. And, of course, he initially defied the committee subpoena to release the unredacted Mueller report, arguing among other things that it would be illegal to share privileged grand jury information….(Read more)

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