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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:19 PM

Justice Dept. to Congress: Back off contempt, or Barr will ask Trump to shield census documents

Attorney General William P. Barr will ask President Trump to assert executive privilege to shield documents from the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census if Democratic lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee proceed toward holding Barr in contempt, the Justice Department revealed in a letter Tuesday.

The revelation came on the eve of an expected Oversight Committee vote to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents that lawmakers had subpoenaed, as well as stopping a witness from testifying without a Justice Department lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote that the decision to schedule the vote was “premature” and accused lawmakers of refusing to negotiate with the department to get at least some of what they wanted.

“In the face of this threatened contempt vote, the Attorney General is now compelled to request that the President invoke executive privilege with respect to the materials subject to the subpoena to the Attorney General and the subpoena to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce,” Boyd wrote. “I hereby request that the Committee hold the subpoenas in abeyance and delay any vote on whether to recommend a citation of contempt for noncompliance with the subpoenas, pending the President’s determination of this question.”

Boyd added that if the committee rejected the request, the department would “be forced to reevaluate its current production efforts in ongoing matters.” He requested that the committee respond by 5 p.m. Tuesday and noted that the president had not yet asserted executive privilege to protect the documents from disclosure.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/justice-dept-to-congress-back-off-contempt-or-barr-will-ask-trump-to-shield-census-materials/ar-AACJA6b?li=BBnb7Kz

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Reply Justice Dept. to Congress: Back off contempt, or Barr will ask Trump to shield census documents (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 11 OP
mr_lebowski Jun 11 #1
malaise Jun 11 #2
Red Mountain Jun 11 #3
trev Jun 11 #4
DeminPennswoods Jun 11 #5
RainCaster Jun 11 #6
C_U_L8R Jun 11 #7
larwdem Jun 11 #8
Retrograde Jun 11 #9
Ligyron Jun 11 #10
struggle4progress Jun 11 #11
pecosbob Jun 12 #12
ProudLib72 Jun 12 #13

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:36 PM

1. You gotta be fucking kidding me ... what a WEASEL ...

The Census questions have NOTHING TO DO with the freaking Justice Department.

Where does he even get off threatening this bullshit?

Unbelievable.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:37 PM

2. Lock them

the fuck up

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:43 PM

3. The Constitution requires it

How they get there is secret?

No respect for our institutions. None.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:57 PM

4. This is how the Republicans work.

The current "leaders" are corrupt to the hilt, they know it, and they are using every tactic a felon can use.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:00 PM

5. Bill Barr is going to be paying some hefty civil fines

What's he got about 3 contempt citations on himself now? Sure hope he doesn't expect Trump to cover the bill!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:00 PM

6. Would this question then become moot for the census?

Really--is this a thing?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:05 PM

7. Contemptuous.

Enough of Barr's bullshit.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:56 PM

8. sounds

sounds like blackmail

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:09 PM

9. "Nice county you got there - shame

if anything were to happen to it"

Methinks the consigliare is as big a bully (at least) as his boss. BTW, doesn't Barr have a law license? Doesn't that require knowledge of the US Constitution?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:21 PM

10. So what?

They weren't going to give those up anyway unless a court orders it. Plus, everyone knows what's in them.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:24 PM

11. "Watch it! Or he will slap tariffs on the Cannon House Office Building!"

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:30 AM

12. How the hell is that defensible?

Boyd added that if the committee rejected the request, the department would “be forced to reevaluate its current production efforts in ongoing matters.”

So if Congress fails to withdraw the civil contempt finding then Justice threatens to obstruct on other unrelated investigatory documentation requests?

The law is the law, not Let's Make a Deal.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:39 AM

13. Be careful or I'll throw a major tantrum and hide my toys from you!

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