Pursuant to notice, I now call up the committee report for a resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find William Barr, attorney-general, US Department of Justice, in contempt for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr Johnson of Louisiana. Mr Johnson of Louisiana votes no. Mr chairman, there are 22 ayes and 12 noes.
In response to our latest. good faith offer, the department abruptly announced that if we move forward today, it would ask President Trump to invoke what it refers to as a protective assertion of executive privilege on all of the materials subject to our subpoena. Just minutes ago, it took that dramatic step. Besides misapplying the doctrine of executive privilege, since the White House waived these privileges long ago, and the department seemed open to sharing these materials with us just yesterday, this decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration's blanket defiance of Congress's constitutionally mandated duties. I hope that the department will think better of this last-minute outburst and return to negotiations.