Judge Nap: Subpoena Fight Between Nadler & Barr Must Be Decided by Courts
House committee to vote on holding Barr in contempt.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in Tuesday on the threats from House Democrats to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoena to Barr seeking the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.
“At the moment, our plans to consider holding Attorney General Barr accountable for his failure to comply with our subpoena still stand,” Nadler said in a statement Monday, planning a vote on contempt for Wednesday morning.
"My hope is that we make concrete progress at [Tuesday's] meeting towards resolving this dispute. The committee remains committed to finding a reasonable accommodation.”
The Justice Department offered to negotiate the release of further material from Mueller's report, but refused to comply with turning over the unredacted version.
Napolitano said that when a subpoena is calling for an action that Barr does not think is legal, the judicial system must decide.
He said the issue could go all the way to the Supreme Court, but "doubts" it will get to that point. Napolitano said Democrats' threats to arrest Barr are "absurd" and a contempt resolution should not be used as a "political weapon."
Napolitano said he's surprised the DOJ has not presented its case to a federal court to quash the subpoena.
Watch the full interview above.