by Axios | 6.4.19
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday evening refused the Justice Department's offer to reopen negotiations on a subpoena for the full Mueller report in exchange for calling off next week's contempt vote for Attorney General Bill Barr.
Catch up quick: The DOJ claims Nadler sent a letter on May 24 recognizing that the committee's subpoena was "unworkably broad" and offering for the first time "to narrow the subpoena's scope to cover a much more limited set of documents." In light of this offer, DOJ asserted that it would "hardly make sense" to hold Barr in contempt for not complying with the original subpoena and asked the House Judiciary Committee to withdraw its previous contempt citation so that the two sides could negotiate an accommodation.
Context: The House Judiciary Committee voted last month to hold Barr in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding the release of the full Mueller report and its underlying materials. On Monday, Democrats announced that a contempt resolution for Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn would be brought to the full House floor for a vote.
Why it matters: Much has been made about the potency of contempt citations and whether they would actually have any effect in changing the Trump administration's pattern of stonewalling. Yet this letter marked the second time that the Justice Department agreed to reopen subpoena negotiations to avoid the threat of contempt.
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