House Democrats are looking to make moves toward voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after he didn’t hand over the full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last week, as IJR News reported, they announced on Monday.
The committee Democrats said Barr’s failure to comply “hindered the committee’s constitutional, oversight and legislative functions,” they wrote in a report.
“The attorney general’s failure to comply with our subpoena … leaves us no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings,” committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in response.
During Monday’s interview with Fox News, Trump tore into congressional Democrats for the move.
“They’re doubling down on stupid,” Trump bluntly said, echoing a statement made by Senator John Kennedy.
“This is just more of the same when you look at what’s going on with the Democrats,” she added. “No matter who comes out and says something positive about this president, they are going to get attacked, and they are going to get inundated by the Democrats.”
The president’s daughter-in-law called it an example of “Trump derangement syndrome.”
“[…] It’s funny now that he came out and stated the facts that we all saw in the Mueller report, which is that there was no collusion with Russia when it came to the president or our campaign. Now, all of a sudden is the target of the Democrats because they’re obsessed with finding anything they to try to smear this president and anyone who is on his side.”
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Democrats have continued to hound Barr following the release of Mueller’s 22-month-long investigation report — which resulted in Barr not charging the president with obstruction of justice.
While Mueller’s report didn’t conclude collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, it didn’t fully exonerate Trump on obstruction. The committee will decide on Wednesday whether or not to move toward a contempt citation.