Brit Hume believes the move by Democrats to hold Attorney General William Barr is ultimately going nowhere.
The Fox News senior political analyst told host Shannon Bream the decision to hold Barr in contempt will probably go no further as it is a “toothless sanction” by House Democrats.
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“Where do we go from here?’ Bream asked on “Fox News @ Night” Wednesday, following the House Judiciary Committee’s vote on Barr who refused to comply with a subpoena for the unredacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Well, I think we go nowhere, frankly,” Hume replied.
“I don’t know that the full House will vote to do this,” he added, “but I wouldn’t rule it out. But if it does, what happens then? The answer seems to be, based on the most recent experience, absolutely nothing.”
Hume referred to former Attorney General Eric Holder who was held in contempt during the Obama administration but noted, “that was the end of it.”
“You can refer the matter to the Department of Justice where the attorney general could decide whether to arrest himself, I suppose, ” Hume joked.
“I don’t think the Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives is going to go marching with some kind of SWAT team to the Justice Department to try to haul the attorney general out to punish him for his contempt of Congress, ” he added.
“It’s a toothless sanction really,” Hume concluded.
The Justice Department said it could not legally turn over the unredacted Mueller report as Nadler demanded, but offered to negotiate with the New York Democrat and his committee. Just ahead of the Committee’s 22-12 vote on Wednesday, Trump asserted executive privilege over the report.
House panel votes to hold Bill Barr contempt vote. White House beats them to punch. https://t.co/NzaZVGjXI0
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 8, 2019
Donald Trump Jr., who was subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence Committee, called out Nadler’s hypocrisy as he pursues Barr, while back in 2012 he protested as House Republicans made the same move against Holder.
Ahhh the irony. Political hacks gonna hack. https://t.co/T8xFiaivU5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 8, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Nadler on Thursday and questioned his ability to “handle the gavel.”
“If you listen to it, the question continues to be raised that Nadler can’t even handle the gavel,” McCarthy told reporters. “Not only how he dealt with the last committee hearing, it comes into doubt regardless of what the issue is, whether he’s capable of being chairman.”
Chairman Nadler claimed yesterday we are going through a so-called “Constitutional crisis.” The REAL crisis is at our southern border, which Democrats continue to neglect. https://t.co/5BNzJZDwF3
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 9, 2019
The California Republican blasted Nadler and “his lack of ability to handle even the most basic motions, from whether there’s a quorum, whether it’s a privileged motion or not, his lack of knowledge of that.”
“He has a plan of what he wants to do to the president, and he doesn’t even have the ability of knowledge to make it work,” he said.