President Trump gave Attorney General William Barr sweeping new authority to review how the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia were investigated. He ordered the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies to cooperate and granted Barr the power to declassify documents.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the Justice Department had agreed to begin honoring a subpoena for intelligence materials from the special counsel’s investigation of Russia and the 2016 election. Schiff still wants Mueller to testify.
Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate.”
The House Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to return over the unredacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller sets up a certain court fight unless the two sides resolve the matter, or unless impeachment rumblings turn into action.
With a list of signatures from former federal prosecutors topping 600 names within 24 hours of its posting, a statement asserts that anyone other than a sitting president would have been indicted on obstruction of justice charges based on the special counsel’s report.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats announced they will vote Wednesday morning to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress unless the Justice Department complies with demands for the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence.
Not even three months into his term as attorney general, William Barr is the focal point of a struggle between the two branches of government that is described as “emotionally charged as any in decades.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused him of lying to Congress.