Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

House Oversight Committee to vote on contempt of Congress against Barr, Ross

House Oversight Committee to vote on contempt of Congress against Barr, Ross

"Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress", the committee's chairman, Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, said on Monday in a statement announcing the vote. Watch live in the player above.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller's most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct", Nadler said.

As a result, Nadler said, his committee would not proceed with plans for a vote by the entire House on Tuesday to hold Barr in criminal contempt.

In light of the deal, he said the committee wouldn't hold Mr Barr in contempt for now.

The resolution gives senior lawmakers - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise - the power to approve a court challenge without it going through the full House.

Pelosi said on Tuesday she has decided not to fire back at the president and instead said she "doesn't even want to talk about him".

Some Democrats are pushing for impeachment proceedings linked to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the president obstructed justice.

The Democratic-controlled House will vote as previously planned on Tuesday on a measure that would increase pressure on Trump by authorizing the committee to sue the administration in federal court if needed over access to the report.

Trump attacked Pelosi in an interview with Fox News during his overseas trip in France last Thursday commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day calling her a "nasty, vindictive, terrible person".

McGahn was a prominent witness in Mueller's report in the sections dealing with Trump relationship with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump was angry with for recusing himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

Most Americans do not support impeachment, so Pelosi has been trying to strike a balance between showing that she hears her most anti-Trump supporters and retaining the ability to try to reach out to more moderate Americans in the 2020 election. "We must go to court to enforce the subpoenas". They all also said they were concerned that the U.S.is heading toward undoing its recent gains in cleaner air and water.

On Monday, the Judiciary panel heard from former White House counsel John Dean, who was instrumental 46 years ago in the downfall of another US president, Richard Nixon.

Dean told the panel there were parallels between Mueller's investigative report, released in redacted form in mid-April, and a 1974 document, known as the Watergate Road Map, in which a special prosecutor laid out the case against Nixon.

The focus on Mueller will continue Wednesday, when the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to review the counterintelligence implications of Russia's election interference, as detailed in Mueller's report.

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