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The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report ,
On Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s efforts to obstruct the probe.
“This is not a step we take lightly,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said before the vote. “This is a culmination of three months of requests, discussions and negotiations with the Department of Justice.”
Earlier this week, Barr missed a deadline set by the panel to turn over the full report along with the underlying evidence. Late Tuesday, the Justice Department delivered a letter to Nadler requesting that he delay the vote.
If he did not, the department warned, Trump would assert executive privilege over the entire Mueller report.
Minutes before the vote, the Justice Department issued another letter to Nadler stating that Trump invoked executive privilege over the materials.
“This decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration’s blanket defiance of Congress’s constitutionally mandated duties,” Nadler said. “I hope that the department will think better of this last-minute outburst and return to negotiations.”
The White House is insistent that there is nothing more to investigate about Trump’s 2016 campaign or allegations of obstruction of justice, while House Democrats say they need to see the full special counsel report and hear from Mueller himself and other administration officials, including former White House counsel Don McGahn.
“We cannot allow Donald Trump and his minions to convert a democratic government into what amounts to a monarchy,” he added. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Nadler’s request for the unredacted Mueller report.