The Department of Justice just dropped the gavel and and told D.C’s Democratic leadership in no uncertain terms that they will not be bullied by grandstanding and delusional Congressmen.
The Department said on Tuesday that it would not release an unredacted Mueller report to Congress if Democrats moved forward with their plan to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt.
Now the ball is in the Democrat’s court.
In a letter to New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said the department would “request that the President invoke executive privilege” over the unredacted parts of the Mueller report.
This is in response to a move that Democrats in Congress have made by rendering a subpoena for the full, unredacted report. That caused the House Judiciary Committee to say on Tuesday that it planned a vote to hold Barr in contempt after negotiations to release the unredacted documents stalled.
If Trump follows through on invoking executive privilege over the documents, it could very well tie up the report in a court battle for months.
“The White House waived these privileges long ago, and the Department seemed open to sharing these materials with us earlier today. The Department’s legal arguments are without credibility, merit, or legal or factual basis,” Nadler said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“Worse, this kind of obstruction is dangerous. The Department’s decision reflects President Trump’s blanket defiance of Congress’s constitutionally mandated duties.
In the coming days, I expect that Congress will have no choice but to confront the behavior of this lawless Administration. The Committee will also take a hard look at the officials who are enabling this cover up,” he added.
What do you think about the strong stand that the Justice Department has taken with Washington’s Democratic leadership?
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Credit: NY Post