The House of Representatives passed a “civil enforcement resolution” along party lines today, essentially holding Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress.
The vote comes one day after the House Judiciary Committee delayed its own contempt vote after announcing that the Department of Justice had been cooperating with the panel.
Fox News reports:
The whiplash of legislative action infuriated House Republicans, who said Democrats were violating committee rules and that federal law and executive privilege prevented Barr and McGahn from turning over all the requested documents. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, accused his colleagues of seeking a “re-do” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for cynical political gain.
The DOJ, for its part, pushed back on the vote. A senior DOJ official said it was not a “civil contempt vote,” calling the terminology a “Democratic talking point.”
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