Democrats have the backbone that has been missing in Congress since Donald Trump took office. Granted, they have been maintaining their dignity, perhaps to a fault. Make no mistake though, the Democrats are sinking their teeth into this corrupt administration.
Attorney General William Barr arrogantly claimed that he has not decided whether he would appear before the Judiciary Committee this week. Trump’s and Barr’s attempts at stonewalling will not work in the end. Anyone but the president could find themselves fined and or jailed if they do not comply with Congress. They could also lose their funding.
A member of the Judiciary Committee Representative Val Demings (D-FL) tweeted:
‘We’re picking up where Mueller was forced to leave off. House Judiciary is bringing in AG Barr for questioning—unless he feels like he has something to hide. After that, we’re bringing in Mueller and White House lawyer Don McGahn. Mueller left this to us. We’re not afraid.’
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold (Jerry) Nadler (D-NY) told CNN that there was no way that the attorney general will “dictate the format:”
‘We will have to use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena.’
Barr had agreed to testify, but when Congress made a strategical mistake and informed him about the planned closed-door interviews and interview with staff attorneys, he balked.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement that read Barr would only take questions from the committee members:
‘The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress. Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning. He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report.’
Member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) told CNN earlier:
‘We will use any and all power in our command to make sure it’s backed up — whether that’s a contempt citation, whether that’s going to court and getting that citation enforced, whether it’s fines, whether it’s possible incarceration. We will go to the max to enforce the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government.’
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