Attorney General William Barr had some fun ribbing Democrats over their vote to hold him in contempt of Congress.
The New York Times reported that the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over Robert S. Mueller III’s unredacted report, hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege to shield the full report and underlying evidence from Congress.
The committee’s 24-to-16 contempt vote, taken after hours of debate over the future of American democracy, was the first official House action to punish a government official in the standoff over the Mueller report. The Justice Department denounced the move as unnecessary and intended to stoke a fight.
After the vote, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, swatted away questions about possible impeachment, but added, “We are now in a constitutional crisis.”
Barr joked with a crowd about how quickly he got slapped with the ‘contempt’ charge since taking over the AG position from Jeff Sessions.
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WATCH: At farewell ceremony for Deputy AG Rosenstein, AG Barr jokes about how quickly he has faced a contempt vote since becoming attorney general. pic.twitter.com/UVmmcplyRm
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