Following his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Attorney General William Barr refused to appear before the House. Democratic Congressional leaders threatened to hold Barr in contempt of court due to this refusal. The vote was to occur today.
The DOJ sent committee chair, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a threatening letter in hopes that Democrats would cancel the vote. Penned by Assistant Attorney General, Stephen Boyd, the letter claims that Barr will assert executive privilege if compelled to testify.
“On April 18th, 2019, the Attorney General voluntarily disclosed to Congress the special Counsel’s report, which was intended to be “confidential” under the applicable regulations, with as few redactions as possible, consistent with the law and long-established confidentially interests of the Executive Branch.”
DOJ sent letter to House Judiciary Chair @RepJerryNadler threatening if do not cancel the contempt vote tomorrow, Attorney General Barr will recommend President Trump assert executive privilege over the Mueller report + underlying documents. Committee plans to still hold vote. pic.twitter.com/QId1UslQJ8
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) May 8, 2019
The letter continues:
“In the face of the Committee’s threatened contempt vote, the Attorney General will be compelled to request that the President invoke executive privilege with respect to the materials subject to the subpoena. I hereby request that the Committee hold the subpoena in abeyance and delay any vote on whether to recommend a citation of contempt for noncompliance with the subpoena, pending the President’s determination of this question.”
The letter is likely to be ignored by the House Democrats. Republicans have fiercely protected all documents related to the Mueller investigation. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, says they are doing so to not, “throw innocent people under the bus.”
According to NBC News Reporter, Alex Moe, Democrats are undeterred by the letter and still plan on holding the vote today.