Congress should be ready to arrest Attorney General William Barr

❝ On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee threatened to subpoena Attorney General William P. Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report.

But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr’s cooperation. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” says the President of the United States.

❝ In other words, there is to be no congressional oversight of this administration: No questioning the Attorney General about the Mueller Report by a committee controlled by the opposition party…

Such a blanket edict fits a dictator of a banana republic, not the president of a constitutional republic founded on separation of powers…

What could the Committee do? Hold Barr in contempt of Congress — under Congress’s inherent power to get the information it needs to carry out its constitutional duties. Congress cannot function without this power.

Under this inherent power, the House can order its own sergeant-at-arms to arrest the offender, subject him to a trial before the full House, and, if judged to be in contempt, jail that person until he appears before the House and brings whatever documentation the House has subpoenaed.

❝ Congress hasn’t actually carried through on the threat since 1935 — but it could.

Might be an interesting exercise in backbone. And, no, I don’t expect it to happen.

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