House Intel latest committee to subpoena AG Barr as chair promises ‘we will not be obstructed’
Adam Schiff on MSNBC (screengrab)

Hours after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena, another House committee announced they were subpoenaing the Department of Justice.


The latest subpoena was revealed Wednesday by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence.

"House Intel just subpoenaed DOJ for all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials in the probe, the full report, and underlying evidence," Schiff announced.

“For the last month and a half, the Committee has engaged the Department of Justice in a good faith effort to reach an accommodation of our requests for all of the foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information related to the Special Counsel’s investigation, and the Mueller report and its underlying materials," Schiff said. "The Department has repeatedly failed to respond, refused to schedule any testimony, and provided no documents responsive to our legitimate and duly authorized oversight activities."

"“As both the Special Counsel and the Department of Justice have recognized, the Congress has a vital constitutional role in evaluating misconduct by the Executive Branch, including the President, and to assess and refine laws that address the ‘sweeping and systematic’ invasion of our democracy by Russia," he continued. "We therefore need these materials in order to do our job. The Department’s stonewalling is simply unacceptable."

"Today, we have no choice but to issue a subpoena to compel their compliance. If the Department continues to ignore or rejects our requests, we will enforce our request in Congress and, if necessary, the courts," he argued. "The law is on our side. The Committee’s efforts to obtain necessary documents to do our constitutionally-mandated oversight work will not be obstructed.”

Or, as he put it on Twitter, "We will not be obstructed."