House resolution would make it easier to enforce subpoenas
Added 06-11-19 01:22:02am EST - “A resolution being voted on Tuesday in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue President Donald Trump's administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas.” - Washingtontimes.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A resolution being voted on Tuesday in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue President Donald Trump’s administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas.
The House resolution would authorize lawsuits against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for defying subpoenas pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. It would also empower committee chairmen to take legal action to enforce subpoenas in the future without a vote of the full House, so long as they have approval from a bipartisan group of House leaders.
The votes aren’t technically necessary, as Democrats already have the ability to go to court. But a House vote will give them increased standing if they do decide to file lawsuits.
It’s unclear how quickly Democrats will act once the resolution is approved. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler signaled Monday that they will hold off on suing Barr after the panel struck a deal with the Justice Department to receive some underlying materials from Mueller’s report. Nadler said the Justice Department will provide some of Mueller’s “most important files” and all members of the committee will be able to view them.
In response to the agreement, Nadler said the panel will not vote to hold Barr in criminal contempt, for now. But the House will still vote Tuesday on the resolution to authorize civil legal action.
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