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House Judiciary Votes to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt

Attorney General William Barr

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The political battle is heating up.

The House Judiciary Committee voted  24-16 Wednesday to recommend the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over Robert S. Mueller III’s unredacted report,  the New York Times reports.

The vote came hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege to shield the full report and underlying evidence from public view.

Even if the full House votes to hold Barr in contempt, it’s likely the matter will be settled in the court.

 

“Our fight is not just about the Mueller Report — although we must have access to the Mueller report. Our fight is about defending the rights of Congress, as an independent branch, to hold the president, any president, accountable,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Judiciary Committee chairman.

 

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Volunteers to Testify Without a Subpoena

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now, this could be must-see-TV.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague while leading the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign, says he’s willing to voluntarily testify before the House Judiciary Committee or any other committee, New York Magazine reports.

The magazine notes that Strzok could expose more information about those probes.

House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte was preparing to subpoena Strzok as part of the House investigation into the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election.

But Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, wrote in a letter to Goodlatte released Sunday Strzok was willing to testify without a subpoena.

Forces Against Atty. Gen. Holder Building — at Least in Republican Ranks

Raul Labrador/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The forces against Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. seem to be building some momentum — at least in the Republican ranks.

The latest: Freshman Rep. Raúl Labrador(R-Idaho)on Thursday demanded that Holder resign, claiming he was lying when he testified before Congress about when he learned of ATF’s troubled  Operation Fast and Furious.

“When Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress on May 3, his statements were either untrue or deliberately misleading,” Labrador said. “It is clear from recently-released documents that Mr. Holder did in fact know about Fast and Furious well before he publicly admitted.

“Attorney General Holder has a troubling pattern of failed cooperation with the legislative branch. Because of this intentional stonewalling and his misleading testimony, I now call for Mr. Holder’s resignation.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith, head of the House Judiciary, asked the White House to assign an independent counsel to determine the truthfulness of Holder’s Congressional testimony on the matter.

On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Az) told The Daily Caller that Obama administration officials responsible for Operation Fast and Furious might be accessories to murder.

Holder told a Congressional committee in May  that he hadn’t heard of the controversial operation until a few weeks before.  But publicly released documents show that he was provided written briefings on the matter as far back as July 2010.

However, the Justice Department says that Holder, when answering questions, meant that he was not aware of the questionable tactics, which involved encouraging gun dealers to sell to straw purchasers, with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.

 

Rep. John Conyer’s Wife Trying to Avoid Prison

Monica Conyers/facebook

Monica Conyers/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi.) , chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is trying to pull out all the stops to avoid reporting to prison to begin serving her 37 month sentence for bribery.

The Detroit News reports that she has filed a motion to remain free pending her appeal before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is set to report to prison on Sept. 10.

The paper reports that her appeal centers around U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn’s refusal to allow her to withdraw her plea on the day she was sentenced.

Her attorney Douglas Mullkoff says she’s not a flight risk and should be allowed to remain free, the News reported.

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