House Approves Enforcing Subpoenas in Court Against Trump Officials

don mcgahnThe House approved a resolution Tuesday to authorize the House Judiciary Committee and other panels to go to court to enforce their subpoenas of the Trump administration.

The measure, which was adopted 229-191 along party lines, allows the Judiciary Committee to sue Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for refusing to comply with its subpoenas related to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have been seeking the unredacted version of Mueller’s report and underlying evidence from Barr, as well as documents and testimony from McGahn, a key figure in the report.

The resolution also reaffirms that other committee chairs, with the approval of a bipartisan group of House leaders and assistance of the House general counsel, can take civil legal action to enforce their subpoenas without having to hold votes in committee or on the House floor.

The panel voted in May to advance a measure to hold Barr in contempt of Congress, but Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Monday that he would hold off on that threat for now after he reached an agreement with the Justice Department to obtain some underlying evidence from the Mueller report related to possible obstruction of justice by Trump.