Nadler and his peers on the Judiciary Committee have been taking steps toward holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over the unredacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Barr has offered Congressional Democrats the opportunity to see a less-redacted report that contains confidential information that was not released to the public, but he maintains that information protecting the Grand Jury must be kept redacted per Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines.
Democrats rejected this offer. Instead, Nadler and company plan to hold Barr in contempt.
This wouldn’t be the first time an attorney general was held in contempt. Republicans held Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt after he refused to give Congress documentation on the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
Holder oversaw the DOJ when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allowed illegal weapons sales across the border in order to track the cartel. The plan went awry when two of the guns were used by cartel members in the murder of a U.S. border patrol agent.
When Holder refused to give Congress the information they requested on the scandal, Republicans held him in contempt.
At the time, Nadler called the contempt charges “shameful” and joined a walk-out of the contempt vote with other Democrats. The judiciary chair claimed the entire process was “politically motivated.”
Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 28, 2012
When impeachment rumors started to float about Holder, Nadler claimed Republicans were committing an “extreme abuse” the powers given to them by the Constitution.
Having just shutdown the govt a few Repubs, never Holder fans,call to impeach him. An extreme abuse of the Constitution!
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) November 15, 2013
Nadler isn’t alone in his change regarding contempt charges. As IJR previously reported, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in the same boat.
At the time, Pelosi called the vote “frivolous” and claimed it was a politically motivated attack to lower Holder’s credibility.
“It’s not only to monopolize his time, it’s to undermine his name,” Pelosi said of the 2012 contempt charges.
Clearly, something has changed for some Democrats when it comes to holding attorney generals in contempt.