House Dems to Vote on Civil Contempt Against William Barr, Don McGahn

House Democrats are expected to vote on a contempt resolution on Tuesday targeting Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Democrats in the lower chamber are expected to vote on a measure this week to have wider access to the Mueller report.

The vote is reportedly scheduled for Tuesday and will dictate whether there will be a civil contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

The vote comes as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler continues to push for access to the unredacted Mueller report.

The push for broader access also comes in an effort to have McGahn testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill over key information involved in the Russia probe.

Throughout the process, Barr has clarified he will not release the unredacted report because grand jury material must be kept secret, according to federal guidelines.

The attorney general has also cited significant transparency in regard to releasing information associated with the Russia probe.

The White House exerted executive privilege over the Mueller report and McGahn to prevent the Democrats from gaining access to the unredacted version of the report and forcing him to testify.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has launched a probe investigating the origins of how the Russia probe began.

The expected vote comes just days after a report surfaced suggesting the prosecutor tapped to investigate the origins of the Russia probe, John Durham, is “very dialed in” to the investigation.

According to the report, Durham has been informed of details relating to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants obtained during the 2016 election cycle. 

Barr assigned Durham to the probe last month to determine if surveillance efforts targeting the Trump campaign during the 2016 election were “lawful and appropriate.”

The probe will address potential surveillance abuses of the Obama-era DOJ targeting Trump campaign officials, specifically the FISA warrant granted to surveil Carter Page. 

Should there be criminal charges brought form potential FISA abuses, Durham would carry out the prosecution.

Republicans in both the upper and lower chamber have continued to slam the Democrats for their increased focus on oversight and investigation, versus legislation.  

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