House Democrats Move Towards Court Action Against Barr, McGahn

Jose Cabezas/Reuters

A U.S. House of Representatives committee, seeking to advance probes of President Donald Trump, unveiled a measure on Thursday that would authorize court action to enforce congressional subpoenas of Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn over the Mueller report.

The Rules Committee resolution was expected to go to a vote on the House floor on Tuesday, according to Democratic aides. If approved, the measure would put another aspect of the growing confrontation between Trump and House Democrats before the courts.

The resolution also sets the terms for possible court action by other House committees investigating the president.

The measure follows through on House Democrats’ plans to go to court in their quest for an unredacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, possible obstruction of that probe by Trump and top officials’ testimony.

Barr released a redacted version of the 448-page report on April 18. He later disregarded a House Judiciary Committee subpoena demanding release of the full report, along with the underlying evidence that Mueller relied on.

House Judiciary voted on May 8 to recommend that the full House cite Barr for contempt of Congress.

The White House had asserted the seldom-used principle of executive privilege to try to keep the full Mueller report under wraps, even though Trump earlier allowed aides to speak with Mueller during his investigation.

House Judiciary also subpoenaed McGahn, seeking his testimony, which he refused to provide in line with a pattern of stonewalling by Trump of Democrats’ inquiries.

“We will not allow this president and his administration to turn a blind eye to the rule of law,” said Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern in a statement.

“The Trump administration is waging an unprecedented campaign of stonewalling and obstruction … This resolution will allow Congress to hold the president accountable.”

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman)

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Jill
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When are the Dems going to stop beating a dead horse? There was no collusion. They would have 100% chance of doing something right by indicting Hilary for all her illegal acts. Where else in the world do people who pay for their children to get into college go to jail, but people coming here illegally are welcomed in with free housing, free food, and free schools? The U.S. has turned inside out. Can we fire the senate for doing nothing worthwhile?

Robin
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Robin

It’s becoming more and more evident that the Democrats are using this as a threat to try and deter Barr from investigating any further. I wonder why? Can’t wait for the outcome of the investigation…stay tuned!

Otis
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The Mueller Report has to be one of the greatest political fiascos in modern history. There is no ‘there’ there, but there is possibly ‘something’ there?
Dumbocrat straw graspers must be able to fit more people into a clown car than Ringling Brothers was ever able to.

Bonnie Keever
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All they want to do is harass the grand jury witnesses and make their names known they don’t want to actually do their job that they were put in office for

Kay Walsh
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Kay Walsh

Are they racing to get ahead of the IG report which will show that the Mueller investigation was based on no crime but a lie cooked up by Clinton, the Russians and corrupt people in the FBI which will make the entire investigation invalid?

Brad Hobbs
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Dems plan to take Barr to court to try to force him to break the law… Sounds like a rejected script for a Seinfeld show.

Kim
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Kim

I’m so sick of democrats doing absolutely nothing for this country!! I can’t wait for 2020!! Trump and all republicans 2020!!

Chrissy
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Of course they are. What else would they work on?

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