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Congressman Joe Neguse Statement on House Judiciary Committee Contempt Vote

May 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Following the House Judiciary Committee’s vote today to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“Today, I voted in support of a measure to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a duly issued congressional subpoena. Only a handful of times in our nation’s history has the House Judiciary Committee held a vote of this nature and the necessity of this action today speaks to the gravity of the constitutional crisis that we have found ourselves in.”

“It has become overwhelmingly clear that the Trump Administration is engaged in wholesale obstruction of Congress’s ability to conduct oversight. Whether blocking Administration witnesses from testifying before House Committees or, in this case, preventing the release of Special Counsel Mueller’s report to Congress. It is the obligation of the Attorney General to defend the independence and integrity of the Justice Department and to be the nation’s leading law enforcement official, yet he continues to show a blatant disregard for our constitutional checks and balances by stonewalling congressional oversight.”