WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she agrees with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s contention that the Trump administration has provoked a “constitutional crisis.”
“Yes, I do agree with Chairman Nadler, because the administration has decided that they are not going to honor their oath of office,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference on Thursday.
On Wednesday afternoon, the committee passed a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for non-compliance of a subpoena to provide the committee with an un-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Wednesday morning President Donald Trump invoked executive privilege to protect the un-redacted report. Barr had asked Trump to make the invocation.
Nadler (D-N.Y.) told reporters following the nearly seven-hour-long hearing: “We are now in a constitutional crisis.”
The resolution the committee passed must be approved by the full House in order for a contempt citation to be issued. It would allow the committee to go to court to sue for the report.
Pelosi was asked when the resolution might come up for a vote.
“In terms of timing, when we’re ready, we’ll come to the floor.”
She added: “There may be some other contempt-of-Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time.”