House Will Vote to Hold Barr in Contempt Over Mueller Report

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(Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call) The House will vote June 11 to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, according to a Democratic aide.

The floor action follows a party-line vote last month in the Judiciary Committee.

The panel brought forth the contempt citation against Barr after the attorney general ignored its subpoena for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s full, un-redacted report and underlying investigatory material.

Democratic leaders had previously discussed combining multiple contempt citations into a single package or bringing them to the floor individually but at the same time.

They were hoping to avoid multiple days of floor action on contempt and distract from their legislative agenda.

It was not immediately clear if that was still the plan given that no other committee citations other than the one Judiciary approved for Barr have been reported out of committee.

The news of the floor vote came the same day the House Oversight and Reform Committee said it will vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt if they do not turn over by Thursday documents the panel requested about the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the census.

The House Intelligence Committee has also mulled whether to hold Barr in contempt over its subpoena for the full Mueller report and counterintelligence evidence compiled by the special counsel.

And the Judiciary Committee has said it plans to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt for failure to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony.

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