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A 'Constitutional Crisis'?
May 10, 2019 at 03:03 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas to provide Congress with the full unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.
  • Hours before the vote took place, President Trump had asserted executive privilege in order to shield the full report.
  • The vote passed along party lines, 24-16. The contempt resolution will now go to the full House for a vote, where it is expected to pass.
  • After the vote, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Representative Nadler, said the vote was necessary because “We are now in a constitutional crisis.”
  • Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she agreed with Nadler’s assessment that the nation is in a constitutional crisis. She warned that House Democrats may move to hold more Trump administration officials in contempt if they continued to refuse to comply with committee subpoenas.

Food For Thought

Should House Democrats have voted to hold AG Barr in contempt? Is the United States currently in a constitutional crisis?

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