Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced he is willing to negotiate with the Department of Justice “without conditions” after they ripped into the House Democrats for planning a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt.
Late Tuesday, he announced in a letter to the department that he was willing to “begin negotiating immediately” to have them turn over documents related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference while attacking the department for engaging in “brinksmanship” with the committee.
Nadler also said the Judiciary Committee was “ready to proceed without conditions” regarding negotiations, potentially opening the door to postponing — or even canceling — the vote to hold Barr in contempt of Congress slated for June 11 should the committee and the Justice Department return to the table.
Nadler’s letter came as a response to the Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd’s letter from Tuesday morning, which revealed Democrats on the committee “recogniz[ed] that the subpoena [was] unworkably overbroad” and “offered” to pull back the “scope” of the subpoena to “cover a much more limited set of documents.”
Additionally, Boyd wrote that the Justice Department was “disappointed” Democratic leaders scheduled a contempt vote for Barr and that the department would be open to negotiations regarding the “narrowed subpoena” if the House Judiciary Committee “moot[ed]” its previous vote on contempt and canceled the full House vote.
Boyd went on to say that it would “hardly make sense” for the entire House to follow through on the committee’s “prior recommendation” to hold Barr in contempt for refusing to comply with the subpoena for all of Mueller’s documents related to the Russia probe.
The letters come as the House gears up to vote next week to hold Barr in contempt for not turning over documents related to the Russia investigation as the attorney general ramps up his investigation into the origins of Mueller’s probe.
As IJR News previously reported, President Donald Trump commanded the intelligence community to comply with Barr’s review of the processes that led to the investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to lead the investigation.