Tuesday House of Representatives passed a civil contempt resolution against US Attorney General William Barr and other White House officials refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas, on vote of 229-191, reported Vox.
The vote would allow House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to take future actions against Trump administration if needed. It also empowers Nadler to take legal action against White House officials or any other witnesses without full House voting each time.
Monday Committee and Justice Department struck a deal, according to which Congress would be provided with Mueller evidence and Barr wouldn’t be held in contempt of Congress. However, the passed resolution makes it clear that Democrats are ready to go to court anytime, if it is necessary.
The contempt vote came right after the first hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and along with several court actions against Trump White House. Two judges ruled in favor of Democrats and told Trumps administration to comply with subpoenas issued by House Oversight and Financial Services Committees.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website