The battle over documents on Capitol Hill is turning out to be the tale of two attorneys general. This week, the House Judiciary Committee headed up by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New New York, voted to hold current Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for the crime of refusing to hand over document pertaining to ongoing grand jury investigations. To the Democrats, it doesn’t matter that what they are requesting is illegal. Oh, no. They just want the documents.
Seven years ago, when Republicans did the same thing with then AG Eric Holder, requesting documents related to actual crimes that were not under grand jury investigation at all at the time, the same Jerry Nadler was up in arms.
But Nadler took a very different stance on contempt back in 2012, when House Republicans took the same step against then-AG Eric Holder for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, where DOJ officials tracked thousands of guns smuggled across the border but did nothing to stop them.
“Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG [Eric] Holder in contempt,” Nadler tweeted in 2012.
Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 28, 2012
That was the vote that prompted over a hundred Democrats to walk out of the House chamber in protest – including Nadler…never mind that felonies were involved, and the documents were not confidential due to being part of grand jury investigations.
“Nadler now says the White House ‘stonewalling’ Congress represents an attack on ‘the essence of our democracy’ – as though stonewalling were some new phenomena,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in an op-ed for Fox News. “Where was Nadler’s righteous indignation when the stonewalling came from a Democratic White House?”
Funny how that works, the double standard method isn’t it. Nadler got called on his exercise of it. There’s bound to be more where that came from.