Nancy Pelosi paves way to hold William Barr in criminal contempt

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have both indicated that Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will soon be held in contempt of Congress if they don’t comply with congressional subpoenas, according to The Hill.

“Next week, the full House will vote on a resolution of criminal contempt for Attorney General [William] Barr and [Commerce] Secretary [Wilbur] Ross so we can enforce our subpoenas and get the facts,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to The Hill’s report.

Additionally, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer clarified in a tweet that the vote is slated for Tuesday to deal with what the Democratic majority in Congress considers to be an unacceptable lack of compliance on the part of these two Trump administration officials.

“We will hold this Admin accountable for continued obstruction & oppose efforts to undermine the census,” Hoyer tweeted.

Barr has been facing charge of contempt of Congress for some weeks, along with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after the pair refused to hand over documents that pertained to a citizenship question that was added to the US census, according to The DailyMail.

“Barr and Ross missed a Thursday deadline set by House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings and – in return – he vowed to hold a vote in his committee next week on the two men’s refusal to comply with his subpoena,” the DailyMail reported in mid-June.

“They have decided that they would rather be held in contempt of Congress,” Cummings said.

“They produced none of the documents we asked for, they made no counteroffers regarding these documents, and they seem determined to continue the Trump administration’s coverup.”

Should the resolution pass, which it is thought to be likely to do given the Democratic majority in the House, Cummings would be allowed to pursue litigation against Barr, given he obtains the approval of a bipartisan group of House leaders.