WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.
The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who invoked executive privilege to block lawmakers from the full report on Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York declared the action by Trump’s Justice Department a clear new sign of the president’s “blanket defiance” of Congress’ constitutional rights to conduct oversight.
Nadler said after the contempt vote, “We did not relish doing this, but we have no choice.”
But Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says it was disappointing that members of Congress “have chosen to engage in such inappropriate political theatrics.”

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