As the House Judiciary Committee continues to press its investigation into circumstances surrounding the 2016 election, Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is planning to proceed with a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. The contempt vote is currently scheduled for June 11.
Nadler and the Justice Department have engaged in negotiations during recent weeks over the scope of information that the department is willing to release to the House Committee. This would appear to be similar to negotiations the Justice Department held with the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), to release background intelligence documents gathered during special counsel’s two-year investigation.
Nadler, however, is unwilling postpone next week’s contempt vote against Barr, irrespective of further negotiations with the Justice Department. Nadler has demanded that the attorney general release the full, unredacted Mueller report to Congress, for which his committee had issued a subpoena.
The contempt vote is also scheduled to take place the same day the House Judiciary Committee will begin public hearings to review information contained in the redacted version of the Mueller report that has been released to Congress. Barr has indicated that former special counsel Mueller himself will be called to testify.
“I think it’s very important that [Mueller] testify before the American people, even if he doesn’t say anything beyond what was said [in the report], Nadler stated, in an interview on WNYC radio, Friday, May 31. “Most people are not going to read the 448-page report.”
Four weeks ago, when the House Judiciary Committee advanced its resolution to hold Barr in contempt, President Trump exercised executive privilege to block the release for the full Mueller Report. The Department of Justice had issued a statement to lawmakers indicating that it would advise President Trump to exercise executive privilege in order to protect confidential information contained in the report.