Members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced new legislation this week that would “hold president’s accountable” should they commit “crimes” while in office; doubling-down on their baseless claims President Trump “obstructed justice” during the Russia probe.
“House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Friday introduced a bill that would ensure presidents can be held accountable for alleged criminal conduct — a direct swipe at the White House amid the heated battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report,” reports Fox News.
“No person can be permitted to evade accountability for their actions just because they happen to be president,” Nadler said in a statement on Friday. “I have concerns with the Justice Department interpretation that a sitting president cannot be indicted, but if that is the policy, a president who commits a crime before or during their term in office, could exploit this loophole and avoid prosecution just because the statute of limitations has run out. This is unacceptable. The presidency is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.”
Nadler’s comments come days after the special counsel released his final report on Russian election interference; confirming the Trump campaign did not “collude” with foreign officials during the 2016 election.
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House Judiciary Committee Votes to Hold the Attorney General ‘In Contempt of Congress’
The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday afternoon to hold Attorney General William Barr ‘In Contempt of Congress’ over his refusal to comply with Democrats’ demands regarding the final Mueller report.
The vote passed among Committee members 24-16 along party lines.
“The Trump administration, and its enablers, may brazenly try to cover up the misdeeds uncovered by the special counsel,” said chair Jerrold Nadler, “but on this committee we will represent the American people and ensure the truth is known.”
“Our fight is not just about the Mueller report — although we must have access to the Mueller report,” Nadler said. “Our fight is about defending the rights of Congress, as an independent branch, to hold the president accountable.”
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COLLUSION DELUSION: Pelosi, Schumer SLAM the Attorney General’s ‘Partisan’ Mueller Report
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Attorney General William Barr’s “partisan handling” of Robert Mueller’s final report Thursday; dismissing his findings hours before the document is released to Congressional leaders.
“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” said a joint statement from the Democratic leaders.
“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” they concluded.
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