Nadler Reasserts Trump Campaign Guilty of Collusion with Russia After Vote To Hold Barr in Contempt


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler reasserted his claim that the Trump campaign is guilty of “cooperating” with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Nadler’s claim followed a vote in the Judiciary Committee to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over a fully unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, along with the underlying documentary evidence.

The committee’s 24-16 vote to hold Barr in contempt fell along party lines, Fox News reported.

“We did not relish doing this, but we have no choice,” Nadler said after the vote, adding, “We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it.”

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec described the vote as “politically motivated.”

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“Unfortunately, rather than allowing negotiations to continue, Chairman Nadler short-circuited these efforts by proceeding with a politically motivated and unnecessary contempt vote, which he refused to postpone to allow additional time to explore discussion and compromise,” Kupec said.

Nadler accused the Trump administration of stonewalling Congress by denying the materials it has subpoenaed.

“This is stonewalling information with respect to the Russian attack on our democracy in 2016, with respect to the president’s campaign cooperation with that attack, to the president’s obstructions of justice in seeking to stop the investigation of that attack,” the New York Democrat said. (The relevant portion of the video below starts at 2:25).

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The special counsel concluded in his report that no members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, and in fact turned down overtures made by operatives to do so.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to Nadler last week explaining that the Department of Justice has made a less redacted version of the Mueller report available to key members of Congress, including him.

That version permits “review of 98.5 percent of the report, including 99.9 percent of Volume II, which discusses the investigation of the President’s actions.”

“Regrettably, before even reviewing the less-redacted version or awaiting the Attorney General’s testimony, you served a subpoena …” Boyd wrote in his letter to Nadler.

“You served such a subpoena knowing that the Department could not lawfully provide the unredacted report, that the Committee lacks any legitimate legislative purpose for seeking the complete investigative files, and that processing your requests would impose a significant burden on the Department.”

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated that point to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s contempt vote.

“Chairman Nadler is asking the attorney general of the United States to break the law and releasing information that he knows he has no legal authority to have,” she said.

“It’s truly outrageous and absurd what the chairman is doing and he should be ashamed that he’s behaving this way,” Sanders added.

Under federal law, Barr is not able to release information from grand jury proceedings.

Nadler told reporters after the contempt vote he wants the attorney general to agree to support his committee’s petition at federal court to obtain the release of grand jury information.

The White House announced on Wednesday it will assert executive privilege over the subpoenaed material.

“Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands,” the statement read in part.

Following Wednesday’s vote, Nadler said the committee will refer the contempt matter to the full House of Representatives where he anticipates a quick vote.

Then he said House Democrats will most likely be filing a civil suit in federal court against Barr.

The Wall Street Journal reported, “The two sides are headed for a constitutional showdown in the federal court system — and likely will end up in the Supreme Court. The high court has never considered a case on whether congressional demands for information can overcome an executive-privilege claim by an administration.”

Nadler cited the landmark case United States v. Nixon (1974), which took place at the height of the Watergate scandal.

However, that ruling against then-President Richard Nixon was in relation to a grand jury subpoena during the course of a criminal inquiry.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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