June 10, 2019

Nadler puts Barr contempt push on hold after striking Mueller report deal

Dana Mathewson


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

In a statement, Nadler, D-N.Y., announced the agreement with the Justice Department to turn over key evidence from Mueller’s investigation pertaining to the review of whether President Trump obstructed justice.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct,” Nadler said. "These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel.”

A fairly long article, but lacking in important details. For one, it doesn't say who at the DOJ provided the files. It's a pretty safe bet that AG Barr didn't do it. Did he authorize it? Doesn't seem likely to me. I think if he had, this article would state that fact. So is somebody at the DOJ going behind his back? Or does this have his tacit approval?

One thing seems certain is that this ramps up the heat on Mueller. When it's seen that there are, in fact, no presidential crimes in the report, once the Democrats on the Committee stop banging their heads on their desks they are going to want answers (isn't that what they always say), and since it's increasingly evident that Bill Barr isn't going to give them any, I think we can expect to see them going after Mueller, in spite of the fact that he has tried to back out of the deal.

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1 It also may be Nadler realized he couldn't force Barr to testify and wouldn't get a contempt citation because Pelosi knew better than to do that and have it openly defied. So he's lying about the whole thing.

Or maybe this is the same DOJ who refused to obey President Trump when he ordered John Brennan's security clearance revoked. 

IF Nadler gets what he's demanding he'll crow about it - either leaking parts of the sealed document judiciously so as to make it appear as though there is something there, or he'll just lie about it. Any way you look at it, there is no upside to giving anything to Nadler except a subpoena for racketeering.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at June 13, 2019 09:13 AM (/COO4)

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