Liberal law professor clinically dismantles Democrats’ contempt case against Barr

Liberal law professor clinically dismantles Democrats’ contempt case against Barr
Jonathan Turley (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Self-afflicted harm]

Left-leaning law professor Jonathan Turley — who has stood out in recent years as a rare legal analyst unwilling to allow his political views to cloud his constitutional judgments — has written an absolutely devastating column addressing House Democrats’ efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress.  Anti-Trump partisans have compiled a list of grievances against Barr, many of them specious, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has chosen to focus the contempt charge on the Attorney General’s unwillingness to release a tiny redacted fraction of the Mueller report.  Turley says this is “the weakest possible contempt claim,” warning that pursuing it will damage the House, not the administration.  Here’s the core of his argument on the redactions-based contempt complaint:

The problem is that the contempt action against Barr is long on action and short on contempt. Indeed, with a superficial charge, the House could seriously undermine its credibility in the ongoing conflicts with the White House. … As someone who has represented the House of Representatives, my concern is that this one violates a legal version of the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm.”

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