Pelosi: White House Obstructing Justice 'Every Day'

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Attorney General William Barr went to great lengths Wednesday to explain why a critical interaction between President Donald Trump and the chief White House lawyer about the Russian Federation investigation does not amount to obstruction of justice.

On the same day, the House Judiciary Committee issued a contempt citation against Barr over his failure to provide a full and unredacted version of the Mueller report. He already missed the first, a May 7 deadline to turn over documents related to instances chronicled in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report in which President Donald Trump may have obstructed justice.

A tax return from NY - where the president has the headquarters of his business empire and a home in Trump Tower - could contain much of the same financial information as a federal return, which Mr. Trump has steadfastly refused to release.

Barr has refused to testify in public to the committee after a disagreement over the Democrats' demand that he answer questions from a staff attorney in addition to lawmakers.

Nadler also has threatened to hold former White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesn't testify before the committee later this month.

The Judiciary Committee voted last month to authorize subpoenas for McGahn and five other former White House officials who were interviewed by the special counsel's team. With the resolution adopted in a 24-16 vote, the full House can hold a vote to find Barr in contempt.

The Justice Department provided White House attorneys with a copy of the report in accordance with the law, Barr said.

Pelosi said, "It's appalling that this administration would not even pretend to want to protect our elections, and in fact, be an obstacle to our finding out more about how it happened, so we can prevent it from happening again".

"We should be spending our time worrying about what we can do for New Yorkers", Flanagan said.

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The Department of Justice swiftly shot back, branding the contempt vote "inappropriate political theatrics".

From a more honest accurate see, the letter from Mr. Boyd bolstered the file that the executive branch may maybe maybe well additionally value in account for to salvage the case that Congress modified into unreasonable if, as appears likely, the dispute ends up in a lengthy court battle over whether or not Congress's subpoena, or Mr. Trump's for-now amassed hypothetical assertion of executive privilege, ought to prevail.

SHAPIRO: OK. What can you tell us today about the White House's instructions for the man who used to be the White House's top lawyer?

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson, D-Texas, said, "the president now seeks to take a wrecking ball to the Constitution of the United States".

The president and his aides are now resisting attempts by Democrats in Congress to see Trump's federal taxes. Mueller didn't charge Trump but wrote that he couldn't exonerate him, either.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted, "Bob Mueller should not testify". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump's nemesis in Congress, has refrained from calling for his impeachment.

The matter, should McGahn go along with the White House move, will ultimately wind up in court.

Republicans in Congress have rejected the efforts of Democratic-led House committees as political gamesmanship meant to appeal to the Democratic Party's voting base ahead of the 2020 election. Because you're not going to apprehend the attorney general, I don't think, or fine him, are you? Rather, Democrats' approach to investigations and potential impeachment is going to be "very methodical", she said.