House Committee Votes to Hold Attorney General in Contempt

CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over the Justice Department’s refusal to provide an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian election interference.

The committee voted 24-16, along party lines, to hold Barr in contempt. When asked earlier in the day about timing of full House vote, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said it had not been scheduled.

Before the vote was held Wednesday, the White House said President Donald Trump has “no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege” over the materials the committee asked for in its subpoena, because of what Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called a “blatant abuse of power” by committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.