House Democrats Delay Contempt Charges Against Barr — Claim They Need To Secure ‘Key’ Mueller Evidence

Erin Evans

House of Representatives Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is postponing legal action against Attorney General William Barr based on an agreement with the DOJ to provide evidence Mueller gathered regarding the obstruction of justice investigation against President Trump.

“If the department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps,” Nadler said in a statement.  “If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies.”

The DOJ says this is the first time in months that Chairman Nadler has met them at the negotiating table.

A floor vote in the House to authorize the Judiciary Committee to hold Barr in civil contempt is still scheduled for today.  Importantly, this vote will allow committee chairs to enforce existing or future subpoenas in federal court without a full House vote each time.  House Democrats have noted that criminal contempt charges aren’t an option because the Justice Department would have to charge Barr with a crime.

Despite the delay, I doubt we’ll stop hearing about the Mueller report and the House’s inquisition anytime soon.  We’ll keep you posted.