The pointless fight with William Barr is the Contempt of Congress citation by House Judiciary Committee Chairmen Jerry Nadler. It’s simply beyond stupid. But if the purpose is not really to get Barr before the Judiciary Committee so Nadler and his nattering nay-bobs of deception can throw mud at him, then the analysis on what lies beyond stupid is simply to create a raging civil war close to but not yet a shooting war. The contempt citation is symbolic of the firing on Fort Sumpter. It’s meant as provocation for a fight.
As for how stupid is Nadler’s latest outburst, Jonathon Turley explains:
The House Judiciary Committee is voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and to secure a vote of the entire House of Representatives in order to send the matter to federal court. The problem is that the contempt action against Barr is long on action and short on contempt. Indeed, with a superficial charge, the House could seriously undermine its credibility in the ongoing conflicts with the White House.
As someone who has represented the House of Representatives, my concern is that this one violates a legal version of the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm.” This could do great harm, not to Barr, but to the House. It is the weakest possible case to bring against the administration, and likely to be an example of a bad case making bad law for the House.
You may remember that the fruit cake hag from Hawaii Mazie Hirono accused Barr of lying to Congress. Barr has also been accused of failure to appear before the Committee. Turley rightly points out that those two charges would easily form the basis for a contempt citation. But the current citation of contempt does not includes either of those two. Problem is, these were false allegations and Nadler, Hirono and their cohorts in crime know it. They’d lose in Federal Court if they pursued that line. Barr did not lie. It’s can be easily shown that he did not lie by simply comparing his summary to the Mueller report itself. They don’t conflict.
So the contempt they are claiming is that Barr has refused to give them a completely un-redacted version of the Mueller report. The redacted version that Barr released to he public redacts only 8% of the report. Those redactions are to avoid damage to ongoing investigations within the Justice Department. Barr also made available to Congress a version with only 2% redactions that contain grand jury material. The committee was given the opportunity to read the 98% report but has not done so. The want the whole thing completely un-redacted.
They know Barr cannot legally do that. That is how we know what is really going on. As usual, it is not what it has been made to seem. By law, grand jury materials cannot be made public. Nalder’s seeking contempt against Barr for refusing to violate that law. It’s crazy and if it goes to court the House will lose. Therefore, it won’t go to court. It was probably never intended to go to court.
In their usual way, they seek a fight to show their deranged progressive base they are real scrappers. That’s what their base wants and Nadler and Pelosi are giving it to them. The only difference between Nadler and Pelosi is on impeachment. Nadler wants it, Pelosi knows it would backfire with the voters. Nadler wants something similar to the firing on Fort Sumpter. Pelosi may be stupid but not that stupid.
As the saga continues it will be fun to watch Nadler paint his committee into a corner.