The Democrat-controlled House on Tuesday voted 229-191 on a resolution giving the Judiciary Committee and other panels new powers to investigate President Trump and his associates.
The resolution authorizes House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to “initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes.”
Other powers given to Dems include: (via Axios):
- A subpoena for Attorney General Bill Barr to turn over the full, unredacted Mueller report and its underlying materials.
- A subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn, who has been blocked by the White House from cooperating, to turn over documents related to Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
- A petition asking the court to release the 6(e) grand jury material redacted in the Mueller report.
Two people named in the resolution, Attorney General Bill Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn, have both defied congressional subpoenas to turn over documents and appear before committees.
Nadler did however back down from threats to hold Bill Barr in contempt on Monday and announced he reached a deal with the Department of Justice to access “Mueller’s most important files.”
The vote on this resolution comes as House Democrats are sparring with Speaker Pelosi over impeaching President Trump.
Pelosi has been carefully walking the line by dangling the impeachment carrot to appease her radical base, however she has been simultaneously stating she will not formally begin the impeachment proceeding.
No doubt, Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff and other House Dems will use these new tools and powers to seek civil enforcement to continue to harass President Trump, AG Bill Barr and other members of the Trump Administration as they slowly build a case for impeachment.