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PoliticsU.S. House panel chief Schiff delays subpoena against Barr after Justice Dept offer

16:15  22 may  2019
16:15  22 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat

DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat The Justice Department said it would provide the House Intelligence Committee with some materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as long as the panel dropped its threat to pursue an "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr.The department made the offer on Tuesday in a three-page letter to Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a day before the committee is slated to vote on a what he has described as an "enforcement action" against Barr. Schiff has not said what shape the action would take.

U . S . Justice Department accuses House Democrats of playing politics with contempt vote. Nadler says Barr contempt citation will go to House floor On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he had issued a subpoena to Barr for documents related to the Mueller

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Trump administration is stonewalling multiple probes by House committees. “The attorney general’ s failure to comply with our subpoena leaves us no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings,” Nadler

U.S. House panel chief Schiff delays subpoena against Barr after Justice Dept offer© J. Scott Applewhite House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is shown at the Capitol on May 16, 2019. WASHINGTON - The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said he would hold off enforcing a subpoena against Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department agreed to turn over materials relating to an investigation into Russian election interference.

The decision ended a standoff between the committee and the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe of President Donald Trump and his associates.

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Barr has defied a House Intel subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report. The subpoena , which Schiff issued after he said the Justice Department stonewalled his initial request, had a Wednesday deadline. The Justice Department offered to provide two copies of the first volume of the report

The Justice Department , the White House and House Republicans lined up to contest that claim, shooting back that Democrats were the ones abusing their powers to manufacture a Courts just take time. The Department of Justice was never going to enforce a contempt charge against its own boss.

"The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production," committee chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday.

Schiff said he was postponing a business meeting where the panel was to discuss enforcing the subpoena, but said it will remain in effect "and will be enforced should the Department fail to comply with the full document request."

Mueller's team had produced counterintelligence reports based on evidence about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and passed them to the FBI and the Justice Department.

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration over documents and testimony.Schiff is scheduling the vote after the Justice Department missed a Wednesday deadline to hand over an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and declined to hand over "a dozen narrow sets of documents" that were referred to in it. Schiff said he requested the documents in order to gauge whether the department was acting in good faith.

The House Judiciary Committee has been told that Attorney General Barr will not testify at a planned hearing Thursday, an aide to the panel told Fox News -- even as the Democrats who lead the committee vowed to hold the hearing anyway. U . S . Rep.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department threatened late Tuesday to ask President Trump to invoke In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the department accused Democrats of being “I hereby request that the committee hold the subpoena in abeyance and delay any vote on whether

Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official and a Trump appointee, on May 2 snubbed the House intelligence committee, which voted to hold him in contempt of Congress for not handing over a full, unredacted Mueller report.

Last week, Schiff told Barr in a letter the Justice Department had failed to comply with a subpoena his committee issued for documents and materials related to Mueller's investigation.

He said the committee could consider enforcement action against the department at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday if the requested materials are not produced.

In a letter to Schiff on Tuesday, Justice Department official Stephen Boyd said the department was willing to discuss a possible plan for giving Intelligence Committee members and staff closed-doors access to additional material if Schiff does not move forward with his threats to hold the department in contempt.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Mark Hosenball; editing by Bernadette Baum

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