On June 11, the House of Representatives is expected to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report and evidence collected in his related investigation. This vote is expected to go ahead despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s continued stance against impeaching Trump at this time.
According to CNN:
‘In a private leadership meeting Monday evening, Pelosi discussed her party’s next steps for Barr with the contempt vote. According to four sources, Pelosi also made clear her opposition to opening up impeachment proceedings. One source in the room said she was critical of those pushing impeachment, like billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer, because she said they seem to believe impeachment will remove Trump, ignoring the role of the GOP-controlled Senate.’
Pelosi’s continued calls to reject moving forward with impeachment proceedings, even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s stirring press conference, has frustrated many people, including House Financial Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters who stated:
‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Contempt? What’s the punishment? … I’m for impeachment y’all. Period!’
During Mueller’s press conference, it was alarmingly clear that he was making it known to everyone who was paying attention that had the investigation found “the president” innocent, he would have said so.
It’s not clear why Pelosi is so against impeachment at this time, but with her political experience, it’s hard to question her reasoning — hopefully it will all come to light in the end, but in the meantime, shortly after the private leadership meeting held Monday evening, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer — the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber after Pelosi — announced in a statement the plans to vote on holding Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress:
‘Next Tuesday, I will bring a resolution to the House Floor forcing Attorney General Barr and former White House Counsel McGahn to comply with Congressional subpoenas that have been duly issued by the House Judiciary Committee.’
He goes on to say:
‘This Administration’s systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people.’
Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for Trump and his crooked administration.
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