Congress – Barr & Abuse of Power

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to turn over an unredacted version of the Russia report after an acrimonious session underscoring the country’s widening political divide. Naturally, the vote was 24-16 along party lines. House Democrats are using the legal process to get tax returns simply to bash Trump in the 2020 elections. This is really an abuse of power, but this is how far our government has fallen. It is no longer what is best for the country, it is just now raw politics.

The contempt citation for Barr is probably just the first in the maneuver of punitive actions the Democrats are waging against the administration. The maximum action they can take is a criminal prosecution for contempt which would involve jail time and/or fines. However, that would mean a public trial and that is not likely because the Justice Department would have to file the charges for contempt of Congress. They might be limited to filing a civil lawsuit for the full report and the underlying evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller collected.

This is turning out to be something like hiring a maid to clean your house but she spends all her time peaking in the windows next door because she thinks they are up to something. You hired her to clean your house, but she has better things to do and still demands to be paid. We elect people to run the country. All they seem to do is use that power to trash the opposition. Welcome to dysfunctional government.