William Barr Cited for Contempt of Congress.
The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday (May 8, 2019) to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt over the Justice Department’s refusal to comply with Democrats’ subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report complete with grand-jury testimony.
In the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Rule 6 states:
“Unless these rules provide otherwise, the following persons must not disclose a matter occurring before the grand jury:
(i) a grand juror;(ii) an interpreter;
(iii) a court reporter;(iv) an operator of a recording device;
(v) a person who transcribes recorded testimony;
(vi) an attorney for the government; or
(vii) a person to whom disclosure is made under Rule 6(e)(3)(A)(ii) or (iii).”
In addition to above, Rule 7 (Contempt) States:
A knowing violation of Rule 6, or of any guidelines jointly issued by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence under Rule 6, may be punished as a contempt of court.
AG Barr has a choice; contempt of court or contempt of Congress. In case of contempt of court, it’s simple. Courts/judges have sharp teeth, and they can bite your head off.
In case of contempt of Congress, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen E. Boyd has explained in his letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler that:
“(T)he Attorney General could not comply with your subpoena in its current form without violating the law, court rules, and court orders, and without threatening the independence of the Department of Justice’s prosecutorial functions. Rule 6(e) contains no exception that would permit the Department to provide grand-jury information to the Committee in connection with its oversight role.”
Providing unredacted (containing grand-jury information) Mueller Report to the committee – BAD.
Preventing unredacted report from being seen (as law requires) – GOOD.
One may wonder why…
…if releasing the (unredacted) grand-jury testimony is illegal, every member of Congress who has voted to hold General Attorney W. Barr in contempt of Congress, has not been charged with solicitation to commit a felony?
I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV. I’m just trying to use a little of common sense.
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