Subpoena

Watch: Meadows, Cummings get in fiery exchange over Kellyanne Conway Hatch Act subpoena

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings conducts a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

‘Makes Nixon look like an Eagle Scout’ — House debates resolution to subpoena Barr and McGahn

Rep. Jim McGovern reads the Mueller report in the Capitol as part of the House Democrats' effort to read its entirety on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats may hold Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to deliver unredacted Mueller report
Judiciary Democrats also expected to subpoena AG for his testimony after he decided to skip Thursday hearing

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he’s considering holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Attorney General William Barr escalated tensions with House Democrats on Wednesday by ignoring their subpoena for the unredacted version of special counsel Robert S. Meuller III’s report and declining to testify before the Judiciary Committee as scheduled Thursday.

The attorney general’s defiance has Judiciary Democrats considering holding him in contempt of Congress. 

Nadler to subpoena the unredacted Mueller report and underlying materials
Judiciary chairman says contrary to public reports he has not heard that DOJ plans to provide a less-redacted version

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he will issue a subpoena for the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report and the underlying investigatory materials. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is officially issuing a subpoena to obtain the full, unredacted report authored by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, and the underlying materials used in his investigation.

Just a few hours after the Department of Justice released a redacted version of Mueller’s report to Congress and the public, Nadler said he will issue a subpoena for the full report and investigatory materials. The Judiciary Committee had voted to authorize him to do so earlier this month, and the chairman had said he would if the Department of Justice declined to willingly provide the full report to Congress.

House Republicans praise Democrats’ subpoena restraint (so far)

Restraint on subpoenas and office space politics engendered bipartisanship early this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Subpoenas and office space, so often the source of lawmaker squabbles, engendered some bipartisanship this week, including kind words from Republicans to Democrats about how they’re running the House.

On Monday night Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, newly installed ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter praising Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler for his leadership of the panel.

House GOP Presses Court on 'Fast and Furious' Documents
Committee argues Justice lied about botched gun-tracking initiative

House Oversight Committee under Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., probed failed gun-tracking program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans accused the Obama administration of “generally making a mockery” of the congressional oversight process, as they fight in a federal appeals court for documents related to a flawed gun-tracking initiative known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a brief filed Thursday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argued that a lower court judge did not fully correct the Justice Department’s “executive abuses” as it responded to a congressional subpoena.