House Democrats Vote To Hold Barr in Contempt
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On Tuesday, the Democratic ran House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr as well as Don McGahn in contempt of Congress.
The Democrats followed through on their threats to hold the pair in contempt after they both defied congressional subpoenas.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Both President Donald Trump’s attorney general and former White House counsel defied subpoenas from the House Judiciary Committee, and congressional Democrats followed through on threats to hold them in contempt. The lower chamber voted in favor of H. Res. 430 by a margin of 229-191 in what was a party line vote.
Trump administration officials have come under fire for their handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which concluded that there was no evidence that the president’s campaign colluded with the Russian government. Mueller declined to weigh in on the possibility that Trump obstructed justice over the course of his investigation.
Perhaps no figure — other than Trump himself — has drawn more ire from Democrats than Barr, who released his own summary of Mueller’s report, weeks before it was released to the public.
Democrats are accusing Barr of misleading the American public of the findings in the Mueller report even though Mueller himself has stated that he believes Barr is acting in "good faith."
Back in May, Mueller announced that he does not question Attorney General Bill Barr's "good faith" in relating to the fact that he made his report "largely public."
During his first public statement since ending the Russia investigation, Mueller said that charging President Trump with a crime was "not an option" him or his team would consider during the investigation.
“Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider,” Mueller said during the press conference. “It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge. So that was Justice Department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated."
“And from them, we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime,” he continued. “That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president.”
“We appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public, and we do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision,” he also noted.
During an exclusive interview, Barr started by noting that he feels that Mueller could have reached a decision on whether or not President Trump obstructed justice.
“I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision…Right. He could have reached a conclusion," the Attorney General stated. "The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity. But he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”
Barr went on to defend his actions, saying he is “going to make the decisions based on the law and the facts and I realize that’s in tension with the political climate we live in because people are more interested in getting their way politically.”
At one point, Barr seemed critical of Mueller, “The Department of Justice doesn’t use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress.”
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