The DOJ’s Deal-Sweetening Worked — Schiff Backs Off Barr Contempt Threat For Now

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to a reporter after a news conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference ... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to a reporter after a news conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court April 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference to call on the Trump administration to "halt legal assault on Americans' health care." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 22, 2019 8:26 a.m.

The Department of Justice made an eleventh-hour bid Tuesday to ward off House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) threat to smack Attorney General Bill Barr with a contempt recommendation — and it seems to have worked.

According to CNN, the DOJ’s offer to begin providing Schiff with counterintelligence information related to the Mueller report was enough to appease the chairman for now, as he cancelled Wednesday’s meeting during which he planned to take “enforcement action” against Barr for not fulfilling the subpoena.

“The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production. That initial production should be completed by the end of next week,” Schiff said in a statement. “As a result of the Department’s acceptance, the business meeting has been postponed.”

He added that his subpoena is still active and will be enforced if the DOJ fails to provide all the documentation he wants.

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