The Department of Justice has once again met some of House Democrats demands for information pertaining to the Russia probe and potentially staved off a contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General William Barr, according to The DailyMail.
Requests for information were made by the House Judiciary Committee with its chairman Jerold Nadler leading the charge.
Nadler said that the documents the DOJ has agreed to release to them would allow hos panel to perform their “constitutional duties,” and that it would “’hold the criminal contempt process in abeyance.”
“We have agreed to allow the Department time to demonstrate compliance with this agreement,” Nadler said, according to the DailyMail. “If the Department proceeds in good faith and we are able to obtain everything that we need, then there will be no need to take further steps.”
“If important information is held back, then we will have no choice but to enforce our subpoena in court and consider other remedies. It is critical that Congress is able to obtain the information we need to do our jobs, ensuring no one is above the law and bringing the American public the transparency they deserve,” he added.
While the partial agreement from the Justice Department appears to ease tensions between the White House and Democratically controlled House of Representatives, the panel was still hoping for more documents than what they currently have access to, and they have also made no secret that they hoped to use the information to seek impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“The Department will share the first of these documents with us later today,’ Nadler said in a statement. “All members of the Judiciary Committee – Democrats and Republicans alike – will be able to view them,” he said. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel,” he added.
The committee’s leading Republican, Rep. Doug Collins, also praised the compromise in his own statement:
“The Justice Department has yet again offered accommodations to House Democrats, and I am glad Chairman Nadler — for the first time in months — has finally met them at the negotiating table,” Collins, a Georgia Republican, said.
“Today’s good faith provision from the administration further debunks claims that the White House is stonewalling Congress, which Chairman Schiff’s successful negotiations with the Justice Department already showed,” he said.
“In light of today’s agreement from the Justice Department, it’s logical to ask: Is the chairman prepared to rescind his baseless recommendation to hold the attorney general in contempt, or do House Democrats still plan to green light lawsuits against the attorney general and former White House counsel tomorrow?”