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The DOJ Is About To Give Bill Barr The Green Light To Defend Trump At All Costs

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The DOJ Is About To Give Bill Barr The Green Light To Defend Trump At All Costs

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that even after the House of Representative votes to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt federal prosecutors will not prosecute them.

“The Department of Justice’s long-standing position is that we will not prosecute an official for contempt of Congress for declining to provide information subject to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

According to The Hill:

The full House vote came after the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed the Commerce and Justice departments earlier this year for documents relating to since-abandoned efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The panel voted largely along party lines last month to hold Barr and Ross in contempt for failing to comply with those subpoenas. The agencies told lawmakers shortly before the vote was scheduled to be held that President Trump had asserted executive privilege over the requested documents.

Rosen pointed to Trump’s assertion of executive privilege in his letter to Pelosi on Wednesday.

“Consistent with this long-standing position and uniform practice, the Department has determined that the responses by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce to the subpoenas issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform did not constitute a crime, and accordingly the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General or the Secretary,” Rosen wrote.

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