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house Bill H. Res. 430

Should the House Judiciary Committee Go to Federal Court to Enforce Mueller Report-related Subpoenas of AG Barr & Don McGahn?

Argument in favor

The Trump administration is engaged in a cover up because it won’t provide the Judiciary Committee with an unredacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report that includes protected grand jury testimony. Former White House Counsel Don McGahn should be compelled to testify before Congress.

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06/10/2019
No one should be able to.get away with thumbing their nose at Congress. Congress needs to go to court and give them the finger.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Laws are laws. If we allow people to publicly flaunt their lawbreaking and do nothing, we don’t really have laws do we? This tactic acceptance or even encouragement of lawbreaking from some lawmakers is fundamentally a core violation of their oaths of office. At minimum they must be evicted from office by the voters. Frankly, they deserve to be in jail for being accomplice to crimes.
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06/09/2019
Congress is doing what it is elected to do: be a co-equal branch of government and investigate when one branch is doing possible illegal activities. No one is above the law and an Attorney General who is acting as an attorney for the President and not the people and not being responsible to Congressional calls should be held in contempt and possibly arrested if the contempt continues.
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Argument opposed

This bill is nothing more than a partisan attempt to use the existence of grand jury testimony that’s required to remain private under federal law in an effort to undermine faith in Special Counsel Mueller’s report. The subpoena of former White House Counsel Don McGahn may eventually be quashed by federal courts.

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last Tuesday
Good grief...It's over people. This is happening because the democrats are freaking out about all the reports coming out that are going to set them on their ear over this witch hunt. This is what real deflection tactics look like. Anymore, I'm trying to figure out which level of Dante's Inferno applies to Nadler. Probably multiple.
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Mark's Opinion
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last Tuesday
How about doing some useful work for the American people and stop the coup attempt. Enough is enough.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Stop wasting valuable time and money. Actually do what your constituents voted you in for.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed June 11th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 229 Yea / 191 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Rules
    IntroducedJune 6th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 430?

This resolution would authorize the House Judiciary Committee to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings before a federal court to enforce subpoenas served to Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. It would also authorize the Judiciary Committee to ask for disclosure of related grand jury information under federal rule 6(e).

Additionally, the resolution would allow the chair of each committee to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings in federal court on their committee’s behalf to seek compliance with a subpoena if they receive the authorization of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if it's adopted.

Impact

House Committees, particularly the Judiciary Committee; Attorney General William Barr; former White House Counsel Don McGahn; and the Trump administration.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 430

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced this resolution to authorize the Judiciary Committee to pursue the enforcement of subpoenas issued to Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn that are related to the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“We will not allow this president and his administration to turn a blind eye to the rule of law. The Trump administration is waging an unprecedented campaign of stonewalling and obstruction on issues the American people care about, including its attack on healthcare, its inhumane family separation policy, and the countless egregious examples laid out in the Mueller report. Enough is enough. This resolution will allow Congress to hold the president accountable while this Democratic Majority continues delivering on issues like healthcare and jobs.”

Barr was served with a subpoena seeking an unredacted version of the Mueller report after President Trump used executive privilege to block the release of redacted materials (protected 6(e) grand jury information and sources & methods). Trump also exercised executive privilege to prevent McGahn from testifying before Congress about the Mueller report.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt on a party-line 24-16 vote on May 8, 2019. House Democrats have indicated they may bring the contempt resolution to the floor in the near future if negotiations with the Dept. of Justice over lawmakers’ access to the unredacted Mueller report don’t yield an agreement.

This legislation has the support of six cosponsors, all of whom are Democratic committee chairs who would be empowered by the bill to seek enforcement of subpoenas in federal court. They include Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA).


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AKA

Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes.

Official Title

Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes.

    No one should be able to.get away with thumbing their nose at Congress. Congress needs to go to court and give them the finger.
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    Good grief...It's over people. This is happening because the democrats are freaking out about all the reports coming out that are going to set them on their ear over this witch hunt. This is what real deflection tactics look like. Anymore, I'm trying to figure out which level of Dante's Inferno applies to Nadler. Probably multiple.
    Like (130)
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    Laws are laws. If we allow people to publicly flaunt their lawbreaking and do nothing, we don’t really have laws do we? This tactic acceptance or even encouragement of lawbreaking from some lawmakers is fundamentally a core violation of their oaths of office. At minimum they must be evicted from office by the voters. Frankly, they deserve to be in jail for being accomplice to crimes.
    Like (198)
    Follow
    Share
    Congress is doing what it is elected to do: be a co-equal branch of government and investigate when one branch is doing possible illegal activities. No one is above the law and an Attorney General who is acting as an attorney for the President and not the people and not being responsible to Congressional calls should be held in contempt and possibly arrested if the contempt continues.
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    If the subpoena law applies to normal citizens, it should also apply to all “high profile” citizens too. The law is the law and no one is above it. When an administration directs it’s employees to ignore the law, that teaches the general public that laws are invalid and there’s no consequence if you disobey the law. This administration is encouraging anarchy by disobedience.
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    How about doing some useful work for the American people and stop the coup attempt. Enough is enough.
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    No one is above the law. All citizens MUST FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW, IF NOT WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING LAWS.....
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    Stop wasting valuable time and money. Actually do what your constituents voted you in for.
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    YES, sooner the better. Please make an example out of Barr and get the rest to testify under oath, stop inappropriate claims of executive privilege and get the unredacted facts. Show these stalls for what they are; YET ANOTHER obstruction of justice; an attempt by republican enablers to conceal their shame; an attempt to protect Trumps highly marketed self-image from the facts that undoubtedly will not support it. Establish a precedent that such behavior is intolerable in our democracy!
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    Sick and tired of republican lies, cover-ups, and many other forms of treason. Time to hold them responsible for the damage they are causing to our nation.
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    Congress should be able to exercise its investigation and oversight duty unhindered by the administration. I am not certain they need to see the grand jury information (yet), but they should definitely be able to compel testimony from McGahn and all others involved in the cover-up. The more the administration (and the GOP) try to resist, the guiltier they look.
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    No one in this country is above the law. All of the members of the administration need to comply with Congress' subpoenas.
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    Stop wasting time and money! This farce Nadler is running is a disgrace. How about working for the US in USA you took an oath for. Congress needs Term Limits NOW.
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    Trump keeps saying he has nothing to hide, he is the most transparent president ever and the Mueller report completely exonerated him. So why is he ordering his people to defy Congressional subpoenas? Republicans are suddenly very incurious.
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    We need to investigate the entire Trump family. How did Jared Kushner make 90 million dollars off of a deal he made with the Saudi's? This was reported tonight on MSNBC news. The source was very reputable. I want answers NOW!
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    Yes. Trump, Barr & the GOP are stonewalling all investigations, ignoring subpoenas, court decisions & the American people. If Trump is so sure the Mueller report fully exonerates him, why won’t he let anyone testify?
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    I support Mueller related subpoenas. Republicans should stop the White House from refusing to cooperate .
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    Yes. There needs to be some accountability for telling Congress to go to hell. Trumps lapdogs gonna have to answer for barking along the fence.
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    Rule of law will become meaningless if this can't/won't be enforced.
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    Teach these arrogant clowns to obey the rule of law. This joke of an attorney general has forgotten how things work and obviously the laws. He’s there to protect the head clown and line his pockets.
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