Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee voted on a “resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on the Judiciary.” This vote comes after Barr’s contentious appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and his skipping of scheduled testimony for the House Judiciary the next day. The contempt charge is in response to Barr’s failure to hand over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report. The report, with redactions made to four categories of information, was released last month. The only attorney general in U.S. history to previously be found in contempt, Eric Holder, was for a similar reason: a failure to turn over documents relating to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gunwalking scandal. Yesterday morning, in response to the expected vote, the Trump administration announced a protective assertion of executive privilege around the report.
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