REPORT: House Democrats won’t hold AG Barr in contempt anytime soon…

After the big spectacle the House Judiciary Committee made last week in holding AG Barr in contempt for not violating the law in releasing the full unredacted Mueller report to them, you’d think the House would already be voting on holding Barr in contempt as well. But apparently that’s not high on their priority list. Imagine that…

POLITICO – House Democrats will not hold floor votes on contempt resolutions against Attorney General William Barr or any other Trump administration officials until at least June, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday.

Hoyer’s comments made official what has already been clear inside the House Democratic Caucus — Hoyer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders are still wrestling with how to respond to President Donald Trump’s broad refusal to cooperate with subpoenas for documents and testimony related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, as well as his own personal finances.

“I don’t anticipate it will be done this month. We only have one week [left],” Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the contempt resolution against Barr, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week over Barr’s failure to turn over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report after he was subpoenaed. “But again, I want to emphasize this is a very serious matter. We are taking it very seriously.”

Hoyer added that Democratic leaders are assembling a package of contempt resolutions that would be approved at one time, although there is no timetable on what that will reach the floor.

Democrat leadership must realize that the contempt vote out of the judiciary committee was ludicrous because AG Barr cannot release the full unredacted Mueller report to the committee without violating the law.



Therefore they want to vote on a whole “package of contempt resolutions” so they can just talk about all the contempt violations against the Trump administration en masse and not focus on how stupid it is that they are holding AG Barr in contempt for following the law.

But there’s another debate happening regarding this contempt vote within Democrat ranks:

Pelosi and her top lieutenants have shown no interest in impeaching Trump despite repeated calls to do so from some rank-and-file lawmakers, as there is no GOP support for such a move and it could backfire politically against Democrats. The Justice Department won’t act on any criminal contempt resolution approved by House Democrats, leaving them with the choice of suing Trump in court as part of a civil contempt finding, a time-consuming process. And senior Democrats privately scoff at the idea of using “inherent contempt” authority — having Congress detain or fine witnesses who won’t cooperate with subpoenas — although a number of junior Democrats want to try it, despite the fact it hasn’t been attempted by the House in more than 80 years.

Go ahead, lock up AG Barr in the little jail down in the Capitol building. See how the American people respond to that. DO EEET!

Hoyer, though, showed little enthusiasm for the idea, despite its popularity among some members.

“I don’t want to deny that we have inherent contempt authority. But we are somewhat limited in our ability to carry that out,” Hoyer said.

Yah think? These crazy rank and file members like Rashida Tlaib and AOC are really giving Democrat leadership a time over these issues. They are so radical it makes someone like Steny Hoyer look halfway reasonable.

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Ciceroni Excogitatoris
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I feel these Democrat charades are being done to make Creepy Joe Biden look mainstream…

kong1967
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That’s a logical explanation I can buy. They know they have nothing on Barr so they want to include him in a mass group of contempt.

I’m confused how that would work though. They would have to hold each individual to account for contempt anyway. You can’t “group convict” anyone.

NYGino
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There you go again kong, thinking like a sane, intelligent person.
You would never make a good Democrat.

kong1967
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NYGinoNYGino Lol, then it’s a good thing I don’t ever want to be a Democrat.

Sentinel
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The democrats should get out sticks and beat each other with them. Whoever is left standing, gets to make the call. SMH… FOOLS!

Tracy
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Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) Tweeted:
Colleague Jake Gibson rpts AG Barr spoke to Pelosi in person today, after the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol. Source says Barr went up to Pelosi & asked her if she brought her handcuffs https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/1128726913948749825?s=17

Squirrelly
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lol lol Love it! That’s good stuff!

kong1967
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TracyTracy Did you scroll down a little bit and see the video clip? It’s hilarious.

Tracy
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No I didnt. I will have to look!

kong1967
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TracyTracy He shrugs off Democrats like they don’t scare him a single bit.

Tracy
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Oh that gif is from a hearing a month ago or so. Hilarious.

I hoped there was video of the handcuff remarks though!!

kong1967
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TracyTracy That would have been even better. If he said that I’m sure it was in jest (and not trying to be a smart-ass to piss her off).

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In a poll I saw last year, Congress is less popular than CNN so that should tell you something right there.

Squirrelly
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Of course it’s ludicrous. This is/was all about delegitimizing Barr before the public. How many people right now think Barr perjured himself, broke a law, and has already been held in contempt? Probably a lot.

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Saber rattling. It’s what the democrats do. Barr can run circles around them while sitting down.

bigsir74
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Great move by Barr, not budging when Nadler and Schiff were threatening him regarding the Mueller report I believe they will be a little hesitant about using their favorite words.Impeach and contempt

Tracy
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These clowns have an IQ of a beer can.

Constitutional crisis silly

ShantiGirl
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At this point, they should just wait to do ANYTHING until they know which of them will be going to jail. If I were them, I’d be pretty darned quiet now. Things aren’t looking too good for their party, especially when Dem perfidy is getting ready to be exposed soon. It’s coming. Every day we learn more regarding, “Who done it.”

bigsir74
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I wish Trump would have worked a little harder with the Freedom Caucus to get Jim Jordan as the majority leader.I believe the President supported Hoyer when Jordan was seeking the job.

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My take on this is that since Barr made it official and appointed prosecutor to look into last administration for wrong doings, it would look awfully like “obstruction” if the Democrats held in contempt or tried to impeach Barr. Kinda like Trump meddling or firing Mueller. hahaha! Who got the last laugh now, Dimwits?

NYGino
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Great point. Even some Dems might see this logic.

bigsir74
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Nadler must have finally gotten the word,not a good idea to piss off an AG who was just appointed and not corrupted.

Texas Chris
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They need about a 150,000,000 person jail to lock up every individual in the US that has contempt for congress.

pybop
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My math says you will need two of those jails.

Dukehoopsfan
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I suggest we make it simple. Have all members of the congress appear before a jury of citizens to answer for their actions and votes over the past year. A couple of simple questions should do it. Those who fail to measure up get a free tropical vacation at Gitmo.

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