The United States House panel accuses Barr of contempt when Trump invokes executive privilege

WASHINGTON: A House Panel Led By Democrats Approved Wednesday A Measure To Stop The Attorney General Of The United States William Barr In Contempt For Refusing To Hand Over An Unwritten Copy Of Mueller's Report On The Interference Of The Russian Election, Even When President Donald Trump Invoke The Legal Principle Of Executive Privilege To Block Their Disclosure.

In Casting Another Trump Challenge, The House Judiciary Committee Voted In Favor To Recommend To The House Of Representatives That Cite Barr, The Chief Official Of US Law UU .

Now We Are In A Constitutional Crisis Jerrold Nadler, The Democratic Chair Of The Committee, Said The Reporters After The Panel Approved The Disrespect Resolution In A Voting 24-16, With Democrats In Favor And Opposed Republicans.

The Confrontation Provoked A Confrontation Between The House Of Representatives Controlled By The Democrats And The Republican President By The Authority Of Congress Under The Constitution Of The United States To Investigate Him, His Administration, His Family And His Commercial Interests.

Voting Was Produced Hours After The White House Gave Its Provocative Progress, Affirming Executive Privilege To Block The Release Of The Special Council. Robert Mueller The Complete Report Of ' S About Russian Actions To Promote The Candidacy Of Trump In The 2016 Elections In The US UU

" It Is Profoundly Disappointing That Elected Representatives Of The American People Have Opted To Participate In Such An Inadequate Political Theatricality," Justice Department Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec Said No One Would Force The Department To" Break The Law." Through The Delivery Of Documents That Can Not Be Disseminated, As The Secret Material Of The Grand Jury.

A House Vote To Dismiss Barr Would Probably Cause A Battle In Court, With Fines And A Possible Imprisonment In Play For Him. Nadler Said That The Full Vote Of The House Of Representatives Would Come Quickly, Without Being More Specific

The Presidents Of The United States Seldom Invoke The Executive Privilege To Prevent Other Branches Of The Government To Have Access To Certain Information From The Inner Executive Power. Trump Had Not Previously Given Such A Step In His Confrontation With Congress.

The White House Said The Democrats Forced The Movement" Faced With President Nadler's Flagrant Abuse Of Power, And At The Request Of The Attorney General, The President Has No Other Option Than To Make A Protective Affirmation Of The Executive Privilege" The White House Speaker , Sarah Sanders, He Said.

Nadler Said That Trump And The Stone Wall Of Congress In Various Investigations Was" An Affirmation Of Tyrian Power By The President And That Can Not Be Allowed To Be Sustained" , Although The Congressman Talked On Tiptoe On The Question Of Launching The Process Of Dismissal To Try To Remove Trump From His Office.

In A Letter To Nadler, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd Said That Barr Could Not Comply With The Citation Without Violating The Law, Judicial Rules And Judicial Orders, And Without Threatening The Independence Of Justice Department Attorney's Functions.

Trump, Seeking His Reelection In 2020, Is Rejecting Numerous Inquiries From The House Of Representatives Democrats, Ranging From Mueller's Investigation To Matters Such As Trump Tax Returns And Previous Financial Records.

On Wednesday, Speaker Of The House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, Said He Had Sent A Subpoena To Barr For Documents Related To Mueller's Investigation After The Justice Department Responded To Panel's Requests" In Silence." Or With Total Challenge" . Schiff Said He Had Set A Deadline Of May 15 For Barr To Produce The Materials.


The Contempt Of Congress Is A Crime That Can Be Imposed In Various Ways, Most Likely Through A Civil Lawsuit, Which Could Lead To A Judge Ordering To Impose Daily Fines On The Accused Or Even To Arrest And Imprisonment, According To Legal Experts.

The Next Step Will Be A Floor Vote For The Whole House. No Action Needed In The Senate Led By Republicans.

On April 18, Barr, Who Published A Redacted Version Of 448 Pages Of The Report, Missed Two Deadlines For Delivering The Requested Material After Nadler Quoted Him Last Month. Nadler Said Legislators Needed The Material To Determine If Trump Obstructed Justice In Trying To Prevent Mueller's Investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, The Top Democrat In Congress, Said That Trump's Moves To Thwart The House's Summons Were Obstructing The Legislators' Supervision And Inquiry Into Electoral Interference In Russia.

Every Day The President Is Making The Case. He ' It Is Self Challenging, Pelosi Said To The Washington Post. Pelosi Added That Barr, Who Last Week Also Refused To Testify Before The House Panel, Should Be Submitted To Contempt Of Congress. Last Week Accused Barr Of Committing A Crime By Lying To Legislators.

Trump Has Filed Lawsuits To Block The House Of Representatives Seeking Some Of His Financial And Commercial Records, And His Administration Refused To Disclose His Tax Returns. In A Letter Viewed By Reuters Last Week, White House Legal Counsel, Emmet Flood, Asserted That Trump Had The Right To Instruct His Advisers Not To Testify Before The Congressional Oversight Investigations Related To Mueller's Investigation.

At A Long Meeting Of The Judiciary Committee, Republicans Condemned The Measure To Dismiss Barr," What A Cynical, Petty, Counterproductive And Irresponsible Step," Said Doug Collins, The Republican Principal Of The Panel. Other Republicans Accused The Democrats Of Paving The Way For Political Judgment.

Democrats Said The Trump Administration Resigned To Executive Privilege When It Allowed Some Top Trump Advisors, Including Former White House Attorney Don McGahn, To Speak With Mueller's Team During The Investigation. The Justice Department Said That Allowing Such Cooperation Did Not Mean That Trump Would Renounce The Right To Enforce Executive Privilege Now.

When The House Of Representatives Was Controlled By Republicans, Voted In 2012 To Retain Eric Holder, Attorney General Of Democratic President Barack Obama, In Contempt For Failure To Hand Over Justice Department Documents Cited On An Arms Investigation. It Was The First Time That Congress Rejected Any Cabinet Member.

A Supreme Court Judgment Of 1974 Left In Clear The Contours Of The Doctrine Of Executive Privilege. In The Case U.S. V. Nixon, President Richard Nixon Was Ordered To Deliver Tapes And Other Materials Cited To A Judge For Review. The Supreme Court Ruled 9-0 That The Right Of A President To Privacy In Its Communications Should Be Compared With The Power Of Congress To Investigate And Supervise The Executive Branch. Nixon Resigned As President.

Mueller ' S Reported Extensive Contacts Between Trump Campaign And X27; S, And The Expectation Of The Campaign To Benefit From Russia's Efforts To Tilt The Choice In Favor Of Trump. But Mueller Concluded That There Was Not Enough Evidence To Prove A Criminal Conspiracy Between Russia And The Campaign.

The Report Also Described Numerous Trump Actions To Try To Prevent Mueller's Investigation Yes, But Mueller Offered No Conclusions About Whether Trump Committed A Criminal Obstruction.