House Panel Votes to Hold Barr in Contempt

Resolution now moves to the full House
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2019 3:48 PM CDT
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, from left, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., object to efforts by...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, the AP reports. The committee voted 24-16 to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department rejected House Democrats' demands for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence. Ahead of the vote, President Trump asserted executive privilege over those materials and reserved the right to block them. The contempt resolution against Barr now moves to the full House. If it is approved, it would trigger a criminal referral to the US attorney for the District of Columbia, which would decide whether to prosecute. (Much more on the lead-up to the vote here.)

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