Nadler Gives Bill Barr 9 AM Monday Deadline to Comply With “Counter Offer” Before Holding AG in Contempt of Congress
Bill Barr, Jerrold Nadler
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Friday gave Attorney General Bill Barr an ultimatum — comply with the “counter offer” or the committee will move forward with contempt of Congress.
“The committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the department,” Nadler wrote in a letter to Bill Barr on Friday. “But if the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse.”
Nadler gave the Justice Department a 9 AM Monday deadline to comply with the committee’s new offer, which includes allowing more members of Congress to look at a less-redacted version of Mueller’s report. Nadler also wants Barr to seek a court order to grant lawmakers the right to view the underlying grand jury material — Barr 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.
“[T]he department has offered no reason whatsoever for failing to produce the evidence underlying the report, except for a complaint that there is too much of it and a vague assertion about the sensitivity of law enforcement files,” Nadler wrote.
Barr was scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday but things began to go sideways after Chairman Jerry Nadler proposed changes to the format.
Bill Barr was a no-show and refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler dropped the gavel anyway and blasted the empty seat where Barr was supposed to sit.
He’s that insane — this is all for show.
House Judiciary Committee members under the leadership of Chairman Nadler voted Wednesday morning to have staffers and experts question Attorney General Bill Barr in their committee hearing on Thursday — this kind of format is unheard of.
In over 206 years of the House Judiciary Committee, staffers have never questioned a witness, let alone the US Attorney General, in an oversight hearing.
Nadler and the Democrats did this on purpose to create chaos and make it appear that Attorney General Barr has something to hide.