JUST IN: Department of Justice Hits Back at Nadler – Responds to Dem Resolution to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress
President Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report and the House Dems voted to hold AG Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to give Congress the full report and underlying grand jury material.
Nadler and the Dems voted to hold Barr in contempt for following the law. This is the current state of affairs in this country.
The Dem-controlled Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), held a vote Wednesday morning and voted on party lines — 22 Dems to 12 Republicans.
The measure will then move to the full House for a vote later this month.
The Justice Department hit back at Nadler and the Dems in statement Wednesday afternoon.
The DOJ argued that AG Barr made “extraordinary efforts to provide Congress” with information related to Mueller’s report, however the attorney general was not going to break the law.
“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,” DOJ spox Kerri Kupic said.
Nadler gave the Justice Department a 9 AM Monday deadline to comply with the committee’s new offer, which included allowing more members of Congress to look at a less-redacted version of Mueller’s report. Nadler also wanted Barr to seek a court order to grant lawmakers the right to view the underlying grand jury material — Barr complied with the law and blocked the grand jury material from the public and Congress to protect innocent people who have not been indicted.
Under special counsel rules, Attorney General Bill Barr didn’t even need to release Mueller’s report to the public or to Congress. The unredacted version of the report is in a SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] for certain lawmakers to view, however, only two lawmakers have actually viewed the less-redacted version of the report.
DOJ spox Kerri Kupic continued, “Unfortunately, rather than allowing the negotiations to continue, Chairman Nadler short-circuited these efforts by proceeding with a politically motivated and unnecessary contempt vote, which he refused to postpone to allow additional time to explore discussion and compromise. It is deeply disappointing that elected representatives of the American people have chosen to engage in such inappropriate political theatrics. Regrettably, Chairman Nadler’s actions have prematurely terminated the accommodation process and forced the President to assert executive privilege to preserve the status quo.”
“No one, including Chairman Nadler and his Committee, will force the Department of Justice to break the law,” the statement said.
There is no compromising with the left. The Democrats will do anything to destroy President Trump, his family and his administration.
We are at a place now where the attorney general is being held in contempt of Congress for following the law and left-wing reporters are joking with the Speaker of the House about jailing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump’s associates for following the law.