Last night Palmer Report pointed to something odd. The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, meaning the full House merely had to turn around and vote on the same thing as a formality. This vote should have taken place almost immediately, so House Democrats could move forward with whatever punishment and legal maneuvers they’re planning to dish out against Barr. But then last night Jerry Nadler, the committee chair, revealed on MSNBC that the full House vote against Barr might not happen for a couple weeks. He didn’t seem upset about it.
We flagged this because it meant the House Democrats had to be expecting something big to happen in the next week or two that would be worth waiting for. Adam Schiff said on-air last night that he and his House Intelligence Committee may also vote to hold Barr in contempt, but this wouldn’t explain holding up the full House vote for weeks. Then this morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revealed what the holdup is really about.
Pelosi went before the cameras this morning and said that she’s holding off on the William Barr contempt vote because “There might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time.” This doesn’t explain why Pelosi would have to wait, as she could easily hold these full House contempt votes one at a time against various people. But it does give away why she wants to wait.
Nancy Pelosi just revealed that not only is the House going to hold several of Donald Trump’s non-cooperative people in contempt of Congress, she’s going to do it all during one big hearing. It’ll make for a huge televised spectacle, driving the point home that half the Trump regime is illegally trying to cover up his crimes. And it puts the focus on the obstructive antics of Trump himself, as opposed to any one of his henchmen.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report