Lawmakers may hold attorney general in contempt of Congress

A vote will take place on Capitol Hill on whether to hold William Barr in contempt of Congress over the Mueller Report.
1:25 | 05/08/19

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Now to capitol hill where a big vote is taking place this morning on whether to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of congress over the Mueller report. Our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce has the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Well, Democrats this morning are taking their frustration with this administration an turning it into action. The house judiciary committee taking the incredibly rare step of voting to hold the attorney general in contempt of congress for refusing to turn over the full unredacted Mueller report and the justice department issued a new threat to ask the president to assert executive privilege if Democrats go ahead with the vote. As you can imagine it's not sitting well with Democrats. They are frustrated and furious and they are plowing ahead. But, robin, even if this vote is a success, it is not likely to get Democrats the answers they are looking for any sooner, instead, this is likely to escalate the tension between Democrats and the white house and certain almost to lead to a very lengthy court fight. That is very likely. Mary, we know that Democrats are facing off with an administration on another front involving the former white house counsel. Yeah, robin, the white house here is stepping in and ordering don mcgahn, the former white house counsel and key witness in the Mueller report not to turn over any documents. The white house says that all of these records, quote, remain subject to the control of the white house for all purposes. Democrats here, though, are firing back. They say if don mcgahn refuses to testify here later this month, they could also hold him in contempt of congress. Robin. All right, Mary, thank you.

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