According to new reports, House Democrats plan to hold a Wednesday vote regarding their attempts at holding US Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for his refusal to acknowledge their subpoenas.
The move comes as other reports indicate that Democrats plan to “delay” pursuing legal action against Barr.
While House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings has repeatedly sought contempt charges against Barr and others, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler’s remarks on Monday seemed to be at odds with such assertions.
Since the submission of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, House Democrats have demanded answers from AG Barr, leading to a contentious battle with the Department of Justice.
From The Hill:
The House Oversight and Reform Committee will vote on Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said last week he would schedule the contempt votes after both of the officials’ agencies did not hand over subpoenaed documents relating to the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
“Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress. Because they are in contempt of Congress, on Wednesday, the Committee will vote to move forward to enforce our bipartisan subpoenas,” Cummings said in a statement Monday.
“I continue to hope that they will change course and begin producing the information we need to do our job under the Constitution.”