Pelosi Says There May Be Additional Contempt Citations

Susan Jones | May 9, 2019 | 11:01am EDT
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo: Screen shot)

( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a news conference on Thursday that she agrees with House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that the nation is in a constitutional crisis, and she hinted that more contempt citations may be coming against the Trump administration:

On Wednesday, Nadler's committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, and that recommendation now goes to the full House:

"In terms of timing, when we're ready, we'll come to the floor," Pelosi said, referring to a vote by the full House on the contempt citation against Barr. "And we'll just see, because there might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time."

Pelosi said Nadler wants a vote as soon as possible, and "so do we."

Nadler has threatened to hold former White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt if he does not appear before the committee later this month; and it's still not certain that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify, as the committee has requested.

Pelosi said it is Congress's intention to "get the facts" in a way that is "least divisive to our country."

“We're asking in the constitutional way for the administration to comply,” Pelosi said. “We still have more opportunities, we'll see if Mueller will testify, and that will make a big difference in terms of where we go from here."

Pelosi said this is all "about the American people and their right to know" about Russian interference in the U.S. election.

"I'm very proud of our committees and our chairmen," Pelosi said. "They are patriotically, not passionately, or not politically...following the facts…”

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