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The House Just Voted To Hold Bill Barr And Former WH Counsel Don McGahn In Contempt

On Tuesday The House of Representatives decided to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in civil contempt.

The vote fell straight along party lines, not one Republican voted yes and not one Democrat voted not (229-191).

The House ultimately decided not to hold Barr in criminal contempt after House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler struck a deal with the Justice Department in exchange for certain documents relating to the now-wrapped special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The difference between civil contempt and criminal contempt is that if one is held in criminal contempt they could face prison time.

Prior to the vote, Nadler called the resolution necessary due to what he characterized as “unprecedented stonewalling” from the Trump administration.

“The committees have a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight, to make recommendations to the House as necessary, and to craft legislation that will curb the waste, fraud, and abuse on full display in the Trump Administration,” Nadler said during a speech on the House floor. “This is why it is important that the Judiciary Committee be able to act in such matters using all of our Article 1 powers, as contemplated in this Resolution and described in both the Rules Committee Report and the House Judiciary Committee’s Contempt Report.”

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