Attorney General William Barr

‘Makes Nixon look like an Eagle Scout’ — House debates resolution to subpoena Barr and McGahn

Rep. Jim McGovern reads the Mueller report in the Capitol as part of the House Democrats' effort to read its entirety on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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Pelosi suggests floor vote on Barr contempt not imminent
‘There might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we’ll deal with at the same time,’ Pelosi says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the House might wait a while before voting on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday the House might wait on a floor vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress until seeing how a similar situation plays out with former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

“When we’re ready, we’ll come to the floor,” the California Democrat said during her weekly press conference. “And we’ll just see because there might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we’ll deal with at the same time.”

Scanlon shrugs off broken ankle to rebuke Barr
Pennsylvania Democrat tripped on Capitol steps while filming Twitter video

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., broke her ankle while filming a video for her Twitter followers Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Politics is a contact sport, which means players, er lawmakers, occasionally have to fight through injuries for the the greater good.

That was the case Thursday morning when Pennsylvania Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon hobbled into a House Judiciary hearing with a broken ankle she suffered while filming a video for her Twitter followers the night before.

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Democrats may hold Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to deliver unredacted Mueller report
Judiciary Democrats also expected to subpoena AG for his testimony after he decided to skip Thursday hearing

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he’s considering holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Attorney General William Barr escalated tensions with House Democrats on Wednesday by ignoring their subpoena for the unredacted version of special counsel Robert S. Meuller III’s report and declining to testify before the Judiciary Committee as scheduled Thursday.

The attorney general’s defiance has Judiciary Democrats considering holding him in contempt of Congress. 

Lawmakers grill Barr about past testimonies on Mueller report

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., looks over papers before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 1. Attorney General William P. Barr testified during the hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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Road ahead: More on the Mueller report; floor action on Paris bill, nominations
Oversight matters will get most attention post-Mueller but House and Senate proceeding with normal business too

Attorney General William Barr appears on a television in the Capitol subway on April 18, 2019. He is testifying before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two days of testimony from Attorney General William Barr on the 448-page report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will largely define Congress’ return from its two-week recess, with the House and Senate heading in different directions. 

Senate Republicans, who will hear from Barr first on Wednesday, feel Mueller’s report is the appropriate conclusion to years of investigations into allegations that President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election and that the president himself attempted to obstruct those investigations.