Nadler Opens the Door to Postponing, Canceling Barr Contempt Vote After DOJ Ripped His ‘Overbroad’ Subpoena​

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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.”

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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.

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Travis
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Travis

Nadler is a raving hater. He couldn’t reach a logical conclusion of daylight vs dark. So full of hate and vengeance…proving himself to be a liberal Democrat.

Mauro Uy Anunciado
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Mauro Uy Anunciado

Democrats and leftists should stop all their shenanigans and nonsense innuendos and start working for USA and the people’s who feed them thru people’s taxes. They have not done anything good since President Trump was elected but whining and crying like babies obsessed of putting down our great President Trump. Better stop now, because coming 2020 election will be a landslide and an avalanche WIN FOR OUR PRESIDENT TRUMPS REELECTION. His re-election is the results of all your idiotically obsessive, mindlessly socialistic focus in getting rid of HIM, when the President himself has not done anything wrong. Infact, President Trump… Read more »

Gene Waldenmaier
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I have been watching with a big smile as I see God hating and anti-America communists hammer on our God blessed country and see what they “meant for evil” is now turning to their own demise. I’ve watched the “counters of Trump lies” just to find the substance of what Trump has promised and said to be proven true. We have a choice to make! Either side with truth and love for our country or side with the hatred and lies that are working to destroy our great nation and country. I’ll choose what God Loves since He never loss,… Read more »

francisco
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francisco

not all but what i see for now.The democrats are stupid or crazy.

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whats really funny about the democrats is they know Hillary is the Guilty party and let her slide but want to put an innocent person in jail just because he doesn’t kiss up to them. well he;s a real mans man and doesn’t need George soro;s money.so he decidec to try and fix this country,too bad Preesidents Kennedy and Truman arn;t around I have a feeling they would bond with President Trump.

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I think they want to change the papers and fix Trump so he doesn’t win 2020. their a slimy committee and I don’t trust them one bit if something can be changed they’ll change it I’d make at least four copies of all the papers before I give one copy out to the Democrats.

Mari Jo Oneill
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Mari Jo Oneill

The DEMOCRATIC PARTY is a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE and a DISGRACE to this COUNTRY. I’m so fed up with their crap, and hope they never ever gain more power. Attorney general BARR needs to start indictments on the CRIMINALS in our GOVERNMENT all the way up to the FRAUD AND LIAR IN CHIEF. IF SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE IT WILL BE PROOF OF A “TWO TIERED” JUSTICE SYSTEM. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY KNOWS THEY HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES AND ARE TRYING TO TAKE DOWN OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT, BECAUSE THE CONGENITAL LIAR HILLARY AND THE CLINTON CRIME FAMILY LOST… Read more »

Kathy Connors
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Kathy Connors

The Democrats want the documents so they can sift through them and find something, anything, to make a big fuss about. They will twist and extort something just so they can discount Mueller’s report. Democrats are petty, small minded people and they are ruining our country. They have spent 2 years criticizing and condemning Trump and have not done anything to help the people that elected them. I just hope every voter remembers how they have conducted themselves when it is time to vote again.

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