Dems aren’t serious about contempt: Robert Ray

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 05/09/2019

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Former federal prosecutor Robert Ray discusses how the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wal...



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It'S a political standoff, the likes of which we haven't seen in about a generation. The white house today invoking executive privilege to block the release of the full molar report. It comes the same day. Democrats voted to hold attorney general, william bar in contempt, they're, calling it a constitutional crisis and promising to take it all the way to the supreme court but moments ago to rally ...
nd panama city florida. I love it. Hello spinnaker president trump said it's all: a bunch of nonsense. Watch almost forty million dollars, twenty trump haters democrats, ain't home, angry democrats after two years; nothing, no collusion, and now the democrats we have a great attorney general. Now the democrats aresaying we want more. You know it was going to be like we want the muller report. Now they say muller report. No, we want to start all over again. It is a disgrace and by the way the president is still there speaking.

If he makes news, we will dip into the rally, don't you worry about that? Well, let's get back to the vote on capitol hill. Today, the house judiciary committee this afternoon voting the whole bar and contempt 24 to 16 right along party lines. Democrats did it after bar refused to turn over the full unredacted muller report to them, and it came after explosive, partisan fighting all day, long check this out no personand, certainly not the top law enforcement officer in the country can be permitted to flout the will of Congress and to defy a valid subpoena, no person, not the attorney general, not the president, can be permitted to be above. The law democrats have no plans, no purpose and no viable legislative agenda beyond attacking this administration and, if it weren't for him being president he'd, be in prison with michael cohen today as individual one and he obstructed justice. As the muller report says, it's though we are in danger, we need to respond and we need to act for the people of the united states of america. I think it's all about trying to destroy bill. Barbecause democrats are nervous he's going to get to the bottom of everything. He'S gon na find out how and why this investigations started in the first place. Our democrat colleagues have weaponized critical oversight, responsibilities and moving today to hold the ag and contempt is not only premature, unprecedented and unwarranted. Frankly, it is shameful. I think we believe the american people deserve better and right after the vote, german nadler ran right to the nearest microphone, as you can imagine screaming that the white house is you usurping too much power from congress gerry there can be no higher stakes than this attempt To to arrogate all power to the executive branch away from the confirm congress and moreimportant away from the american people, we've talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it.

We are now in a constitutional crisis. Buddy, a constitutional crisis is not going to maintain the house or, when the presidency go back to the idea board between the executive privilege over the mol report and holding bar and contempt. Is this really a crisis for the nation? We'Ll do democrats need to chair just little bet here with me now, former whitewater independent counsel, robert ray welcome to the show nice to be with you. So let's talk a little bit about contempt from the legal side. How this is played out in the past withyou know former ag eric holder, harry meyers, lois, lerner and others who have been subject of contempt of congress, but nothing really ever happens. Does it well, this one's striking? You know remind our viewers that bill barr has only been in office what less than three months, and lo and behold, he now finds himself in the middle of contempt, proceeding, which is a rather extraordinary development. I mean you know most of the time. What happens? Is it ends up in litigation and ultimately really kind of fizzles out, because the court system obviously takes so far much longer than any other way to speedily resolve? You know the dispute, but the other striking thing to meabout. It today was apparently during the negotiations. Of course, continued annika parently through last evening. The democrats were prepared to offer that if the attorney general, the department of justice agreed to go to court to seek an order to release the grand jury material, they would drop the contempt proceeding. So, frankly, to me that tells you all, you really need to they're, not really serious about contempt.

Contempt was just a means of leverage in order to gain access to more of the report, which they know they can't because the feckless jerry nadler, a profiling cowardice, wants to have it both ways. He doesn't want to actually say that what they're doing is an impeachment proceedingand. He knows that he has to say that under the law, in order to at least have a credible application before a court to unseal the grand jury material - and he can look at the unredacted report - he's warned the sixteen members of congress who can actually go and Do that and then he can go back and inform his caucus, he can have staff members, take notes and and keep those notes, and only argue today was really about procedure. Well, i don't like that. I was going to have to go to the department of justice and then the department of justice offered what cable we'll bring it to you we'll make it available. Well, i wantto have the ability to take notes and talk to my colleagues. So it's a whole lot about procedure when we're talking about something really serious, which is contempt and, of course, that's just the bootstrap really for what nadler wants to do, which is to argue that there's a constitutional crisis when there really isn't one. This should be withheld. All of these actions, until there is something very serious and until there is a constitutional crisis and the help of the nation is at risk and you know losing the majority in the house that doesn't meet that threshold and that's when you get into really dangerous territory. In terms of losing voters, people already don't like congressthey distrust congress and the president is enjoying better approval ratings right now in the wake of the moller report release, but he still has an issue with the southern district of new york, where you're very familiar with the Sdn, why how much of a threat does that pose to the president? I suppose? Theoretically it does, although you know if you live next to brandy. If you listen to the media, though, it suggests almost that the southern district of new york is an island, it's not an island in the southern district of new york. His part last time i checked is part of the department of justice and answerable to guess who the attorney general andcertainly.

With regard to significant and high-profile matters, you would expect there to be close supervision exercised by now the attorney general of the united states, just as there was previously italy, certainly with regard to matters involving russia and anything related to the president, would have been supervised by The the soon-to-be former deputy attorney general rod rosen stein, robert bray. Thank you so much for your insight. Have we talked to you again nice to be with you very good nice to talk to you.


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