Barr contempt proceedings can last through 2020 presidential election: Robert Ray

Barr contempt proceedings can last through 2020 presidential election: Robert Ray

The Judiciary Committee is also negotiating with the Justice Department over obtaining a full, unredacted version of Mueller's report.

Manafort is now serving a almost four-year sentence for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Todd Kaminsky, would ensure "the corrupt use of the presidential pardon" won't prevent NY law enforcement officials from bringing a case to a grand jury. Trump has signaled he will try to block McGahn from appearing, despite a committee subpoena. - "Constitutional crisis" - The White House has been seeking to shield a large swathe of material - including redacted portions of Mueller's report - subpoenaed by lawmakers seeking to exert their oversight responsibility.

Once the full chamber votes to hold Barr and potentially McGahn in contempt, the House counsel will seek to force the citation (s) in court through civil proceedings. "We are not going to allow the president and administration to stonewall sufficiently to run out the clock so they can avoid accountability and avoid us getting to the full truth of this case", Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, told reporters on Wednesday.

"We've talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis". A meeting between the Justice Department and committee staff is expected Tuesday. Hours earlier, Trump made clear he would assert his executive privilege to keep Mueller's full report under wraps.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday the House might wait on a floor vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress until seeing how a similar situation plays out with former White House Counsel Don McGahn. Because, as Mark Alexander notes, "It's not about the substance of the Mueller report".

But the House is not going to play into Trump's "goading", as Pelosi has called it. Trump claimed the document exonerated him of wrongdoing.

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Over the weekend, Trump tweeted, "Bob Mueller should not testify".

And Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said the road ahead may be "messy" but Democrats must fight to "protect our democracy".

The matter, should McGahn go along with the White House move, will ultimately wind up in court. "Is this what it looks like when you have nothing to hide?"

The inter-branch conflict has centered on the committees in the House - which is controlled by the Democrats - and their requests for information from the administration.

"Not one of the six Democrats granted access to what amounts to 99.9 percent of volume II of the Mueller report, which details the president's behavior as it relates to obstruction of justice, have taken the opportunity to examine it", writes National Review's Jack Crowe.

Last month, after Democrats subpoenaed the former White House attorney for additional testimony on the directive, the president told and other reports outside the White House that he would not allow McGahn to testify.

McGahn, who left his post as White House counsel previous year, was directed not to produce White House records related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry that are being sought by the House panel, said Pat Cipollone, the current White House counsel.

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