House To Hold Contempt Vote For Barr, Ross | Talking Points Memo

Congress will vote next week to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt over their failure to comply with subpoenas over plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced on Thursday.


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Stick to your guns, Dems! Don’t fail us!

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Why the delay in filing the lawsuits?

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“Congress will vote next week to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt over their failure to comply with subpoenas over plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced on Thursday.”

I am and have been so on board with your comment,the Dems seem to say for every action we will delay what we do.

Repubs would have started IMPEACHMENT,not and inquiry in 2018.

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Dis-Barr! LOCK HIM UP!

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Okay I like this.

I like the public statement - sucking attention and air out of the POTUS announcement. It’s a good way to seize control of the narrative.

More of this please.

On the other hand - announcing a plan to take a vote to do something some time in the future - is fairly weak drink. But again - It’s better than nothing.

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Good. What’s the practical end result of this? Does it rely on Barr basically punishing himself?

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Bill Barr seems to have long believed that the demise of liberal, constitutional democracy is nigh, and like Trump and Putin, he wants very much for the incoming fascists to know that he has been on board with them and a “hero.” Skunk.

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I will believe them when the put these mofos in jail. Dems just dont have the balls.

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Good; Barr likes to act tough, but considering he was begging Pelosi to not hold him in contempt earlier it’s clear it’s all a facade

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So, what happens if Barr is held in contempt? Anything? Lawyers please.

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Pelosi was very good in her presser today on this point. She gave a matter of fact overview that there are injunctions in place. Trump would have to overcome them. The census forms are already being printed. His EO doesn’t magically change that. Dems will hold Barr/Ross in contempt. It was crisp, clear messaging. No drama. Just the House exercising its powers and the plaintiffs exercising their rights. It made Trump/Barr look frivolous. More of this, please.

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Where’s the sternly-worded letter? Isn’t a sternly-worded letter supposed to come before not doing a damn thing?

OK Democratic Leadership - that is a nice move to make …
you had better have dozens more well crafted & strategic moves to swiftly follow.

you must understand that this is an all-out no-rules rock fight

put it this way - if Trump was convinced that there was a way to privatize the entire country - and swindle a deal to sell controlling interest to himself/ Trump Inc. - he would do it in a heart beat - that is the colossally terrifying aspect of this psycho - his thirst for power is far more deranged and insatiable and totalitarian than any other occupant of the White House - ever

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Once you hold Barr in criminal contempt, it sends a symbolic message of opposition couched in legal and constitutional process. It tells people: these f***ers are violating the law and are trying to break the rule of law. It’s good messaging.

I’ll bet Barr folds on this. I don’t think he wants a bar complaint and I don’t think he wants to face the ethical issue of being forced to resign b/c an AG has to be in good standing with the bar. If you’re under criminal contempt, you’re probably required to resign. It would generate more hearings from the Bar Association as well as Congress and that won’t look good for him.

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I’m no specialist in Congressional contempt. I know they can assess fines but that’s about it unless they take him to court and they can if they want - they have that authority and courts can put people in jail. So depends on what they do.

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Excuse me, but,

“Skunk” is the name of “individual One”

“Barf” is the name of the stooge posing as US AG

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