House Democrats voted to introduce a resolution that would hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas, according to The Hill.
The resolution would allow Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler to attempt civil enforcement of the subpoena for Barr to turn over the unredacted version of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on the Russia investigation.
In the case of this resolution, it would allow any committee chair to seek action in both civilly, and in federal court, assuming they are granted approval by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Board.
“The measure, introduced by House Rules Chairman James McGovern (D-Mass.), comes as Democrats accuse the White House of unprecedented efforts to stonewall their legitimate investigations into President Trump and his administration. The White House has accused Democrats of trying to score political points against Trump ahead of the 2020 election,” The Hill reported.
This step follows a decision by Schiff to accept an offer from the Department of Justice Wednesday morning, which lead to him canceling the meeting in which they would take “enforcement action” against the Justice Department after it declined to comply with their subpoena, CNN reported.
The committee, with Schiff at the helm, threatened to take action against Attorney General William Barr for his decision not to turn over an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, as the committee had subpoenaed.
Barr’s lack of compliance caused Schiff and others to call for Barr to be held in contempt of Congress, despite his argument that he would be breaking the law to comply with their demands. The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it would comply with some of the requests made by the House Intelligence Committee if they would drop their threat to pursue an “enforcement action” against Barr, according to The Hill.
In exchange for the dropped charges, the DOJ would supply the panel with some of the materials that they wished to obtain, related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production. That initial production should be completed by the end of next week,” Schiff said in a statement Wednesday morning according to CNN.