Major news coming from the United States Department of Justice. After what many called a political move by the House to hold both AG William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross in Criminal Contempt, the DOJ has decided against pursuing charges for failing to comply with subpoenas.
According to The Hill, the Department of Justice said Wednesday that federal prosecutors will not prosecute Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary William Ross, after the House voted to hold the officials in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.
“The Department of Justice’s long-standing position is that we will not prosecute an official for contempt of Congress for declining to provide information subject to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The House passed the criminal contempt resolution earlier this month largely along party lines.
Many expected the DOJ to decline to persue charges.
Rosen pointed to Trump’s assertion of executive privilege in his letter to Pelosi. And he highlighted DOJ declining to prosecute officials during previous administrations, such as former Attorney General Eric Holderafter the House voted to hold him in contempt in 2012.
“Consistent with this long-standing position and uniform practice, the Department has determined that the responses by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce to the subpoenas issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform did not constitute a crime, and accordingly the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General or the Secretary,” Rosen wrote on Wednesday. [Read More]