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BREAKING NOW: House Judiciary Committee votes 24 to 16 to hold Barr in contempt


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The House Judiciary Committee just voted along party lines to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the looming constitutional collision over the Mueller report between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration. CNN reports.

The party-line vote was 24-16.

What happens next: The contempt resolution now moves to the full House for consideration.

Barr was held in contempt for not complying with the committee’s subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence. The contempt vote came after President Trump asserted executive privilege this morning over the materials that the committee had subpoenaed, following through on a threat the Justice Department made last night if the committee moved forward with the contempt vote.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called today’s vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress “a very grave and momentous step.”

He went on to say the committee had no other choice but to take this action.

“This was a very grave and momentous step we were forced to take today to move a contempt citation against the attorney general of the United States. We did not relish doing this but we have no choice. Attorney General Barr having proved himself to be the personal attorney to President Trump rather than to the United States by misleading the public as to the contents of the Mueller report twice, by not being truthful with Congress has not shown himself to be the personal attorney of the United States rather than the attorney general,” Nadler said.

The Democratic congressman accused Barr of turning the Department of Justice “into an instrument of Trump personally rather than an instrument of justice and representative of the United States.”

“We are now in a constitutional crisis,” Nadler declared. CNN reported.

Lisa Duncan

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