Even as mainstream media figures decry what they say is an unprecedented power reach by the Trump administration’s refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena around the Mueller report, they are ignoring liberal precedent just in the administration under Barack Obama.
“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., led the charge Wednesday to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for not handing over documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — declaring the move necessary as the country enters a ‘constitutional crisis,” reported Fox News’ Adam Shaw. “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.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) May 10, 2019
“He joined more than 100 Democrats in walking out over the vote to hold the Obama-era DOJ leader in contempt,” Shaw continued. “Then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argued House Republicans were more politically motivated in attacking Holder than driven to get to the bottom of the failed operation. ‘What is happening here is shameful,’ said Pelosi.”