House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to jail Attorney General William Barr just took an awful turn for the worse.
Less than two weeks after she spoke about jailing and handcuffing Barr, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings oversaw a vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives wanted documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to try to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
When Barr and Ross refused to hand over the documents, Pelosi and Democrats agreed to hold them in contempt.
This has led to serious blow back, with many slamming Democrats for their blatant overreach and abuse of power.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote a letter to Cummings blasting the committee’s vote:
“These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney-client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege. Regrettably, you have made these assertions necessary by your insistence upon scheduling a premature contempt vote.”
Secretary Ross also eviscerated the Democrats contempt vote.
“The Democrats have continued to attack this administration on dubious grounds, and they aren’t going to let the facts get in the way of their own concocted stories. By holding a contempt vote, the committee has already demonstrated its scorn for the Constitution, continually refusing to engage in the constitutionally-mandated accommodation process. That is far more serious than the empty stunt the committee performed today.”
Earlier this month, Pelosi stated Barr committed a crime and upped the ante to a disgusting level.
Pelosi accused Barr of lying to Congress in relation to the letter that was sent to him by Robert Mueller in late March.
The letter was greatly misrepresented by the media, but the Democrats are running with it anyways to fit their narrative.
“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” Pelosi stated.
“He lied to Congress. He lied to Congress. “That’s a crime,” Pelosi said to reporters.
“Should he go to jail for it?” a reporter asked.
“There’s a process involved here…and the committee will act upon how we will proceed,” Pelosi said.
Barr put the final nail in the collusion coffin back in April and reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Barr said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
Barr and Mueller have made it clear that there is no evidence of collusion or obstruction.
Now that the Oversight and Reform Committee voted to hold Barr and Ross in contempt, it is up to Pelosi and her team to decide how far they want to push this fight.