Key House Democrats are making a move to force current and former administration officials to give testimony in their ongoing committee investigations of President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, House Rules Committee chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced House Resolution 430, which is meant to “combat the president’s disregard for Congress’s constitutional oversight authority” by giving a House committee chairman the ability to take Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn to federal court, according to a Rules Committee news release.
The resolution would grant House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler the power “to initiate and intervene in any judicial proceeding before a federal court” in order to seek civil enforcement for the subpoenas the committee sent to Barr and McGahn related to the Mueller report and the Russia investigation.
“We will not allow this president and his administration to turn a blind eye to the rule of law,” McGovern said in a news release statement. “Enough is enough. This resolution will allow Congress to hold the president accountable while this Democratic Majority continues delivering on issues like health care and jobs.”
The news release also states that the resolution is co-sponsored by Nadler, along with Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
The House is expected to vote on the measure next week.
So far, efforts by Democrat-led House Committees to subpoena Barr and McGahn have run into stalemates with the administration. Neither showed up for scheduled hearings to which they were subpoenaed and Barr’s department has been in hostile negotiations with House Democrats over the release of the unredacted Mueller report.
When the Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that Barr be held in contempt of Congress in May, the White House countered by asserting executive privilege over the subpoenaed documents.
A recent Hill-HarrisX poll found that 74 percent of American registered voters believe that administration officials should be made to comply with congressional subpoenas.