House Judiciary votes on holding Barr in contempt for not complying with Mueller subpoena — live updates

By Emily Tillett, Grace Segers

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After negotiations with the Department of Justice, House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are now pressing ahead with holding a vote on potentially finding Attorney General William Barr in contempt for not complying with the panel's subpoenas to provide documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report.

CBS News' Rebecca Kaplan reports that the Justice Department has now warned it will ask the president to invoke executive privilege over the entire Mueller report if the committee does not cancel its planned vote, according to a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday evening. In a statement, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler called the department's legal arguments "without credibility, merit, or legal or factual basis."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Washington Post reporter Robert Costa Wednesday morning that she believes Barr should be held in contempt of Congress. She also declined to make a judgment on whether Barr should be impeached, saying that "nothing is never off the table."

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Democrats meanwhile are adamant that Barr should turn over the entire unredacted Mueller report and any underlying materials.

"For the White House to be degrading the office the president holds, degrading the Constitution of the United States and degrading the first branch of government, the legislative branch, that's just not decent," Pelosi said.

Nadler has also threatened to hold former White House lawyer Don McGahn in contempt if he didn't respond to congressional subpoenas for similar documents. The White House has since ordered McGahn not to comply with the subpoena, according to a letter obtained by CBS News.

First published on May 8, 2019 / 10:07 AM

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Emily Tillett

Emily Tillett is a politics reporter and video editor for CBS News Digital

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