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House will vote ‘soon’ to hold Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over citizenship question
Pelosi announces plans for full House vote in dear colleague letter, also outlining legislative steps to protect migrants

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to colleagues Monday saying the House will “soon” vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas seeking documents explaining the rationale for adding a citizenship question to the census. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House will “soon” vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary William Ross in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for documents explaining the administration’s rationale for wanting to add a citizenship question to the census, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Monday.

The Oversight and Reform Committee last month approved a contempt resolution against Barr and Ross that included language to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney in Washington for possible criminal charges, as well as authorize the pursuit of a lawsuit.

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‘I’ll be sore tomorrow’: Solidcore, staring contests and scarfing some candy — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 6, 2019

A Capitol tour guide demonstrates the whisper spot in Statuary Hall on Wednesday, May 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.”

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Huckabee Sanders: Nadler has no choice but to be ‘conciliatory’ to Barr amid feud
Trump spoke to Russia’s Putin on Friday, but did not warn him on election meddling, spokeswoman says

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., at a hearing on Thursday for which Attorney General William Barr did not appear. The KFC bucket and ceramic chicken were meant to portray Barr as afraid to testify. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has little option but to try a more “conciliatory” approach in dealing with the Trump administration after failing to compel Attorney General William P. Barr’s testimony about the special counsel’s report, a White House official said Friday.

“I think that that’s probably the only step that Nadler has, is to be conciliatory,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters outside the West Wing. “I think we saw how ridiculous and silly … his delegation looked yesterday.”

KFC, the Grim Reaper and an epically long bill reading: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 29, 2019

An aide adjusts the name plate for Attorney General William Barr before a House Judiciary Committee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

‘Chicken Barr’: Steve Cohen brings fried chicken to Barr’s no-show committee hearing

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., brought a ceramic chicken to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building in an effort to illustrate that Attorney General William Barr was scared to testify. Barr did not show up for the hearing citing displeasure with the format. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)