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Democrats Prepare Contempt Vote

House panel to vote Wednesday on rebuking Attorney General William Barr
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2019 11:22 AM CDT
Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House and President Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Nadler is proposing to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department declined to provide the committee with a full, unredacted version of special counsel Mueller's report on Trump and Russia, per the AP. The committee had given Barr until 9am Monday to comply. "Congress must see the full report and underlying evidence to determine how to best move forward with oversight, legislation, and other constitutional responsibilities," Nadler said in a statement Monday morning.

The Justice Department has released to the public a redacted version, which Nadler said offered "disturbing evidence and analysis that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice at the highest levels." The department also has made a less redacted version available for House and Senate leaders and some committee heads, but the Democrats have said that is not enough. Republicans have sharply criticized Democrats as they have battled Trump's administration over the Mueller report, subpoenaed multiple administration witnesses, and made efforts to gain access to Trump's personal and business financial records. Trump has said he will fight "all the subpoenas." (Nancy Pelosi asserts that Barr committed a crime.)

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