The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report (all times local):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House isn’t rushing into a vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on his Russia investigation.
The California Democrat told reporters Thursday she’ll follow a methodical process, saying, “We won’t go any faster than the facts take us or any slower than the facts take us.”
Pelosi spoke at her weekly news conference a day after the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt citation against Barr for failing to comply with a subpoena for the full report and underlying evidence.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses questions from a bi-partisan group, during her visit to the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University, Tuesday May 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the House will vote on the contempt citation “soon,” but said the date is still to be determined.
Pelosi said she is waiting for other developments, including whether Mueller testifies to Nadler’s committee.
The legal battle between House Democrats and the Trump administration entered a new phase with the Judiciary Committee voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.
As part of the dispute over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, President Donald Trump invoked the principle of executive privilege for the first time. The president claims the right to block lawmakers from the full report on the probe of Russian interference to help Trump in the 2016 election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the next step will be consideration of the contempt citation by the full House.
The chairman of another House committee, the intelligence panel’s Adam Schiff, issued his own subpoena to the Justice Department for the full Mueller report.