Congressman Francis Rooney voted against H. Res. 430, a resolution that would have expanded power of the House Judiciary Committee by allowing its members to pursue a civil lawsuit to enforce subpoenas issued to Attorney General Barr and former White House Counsel Donald McGahn and petitions for disclosure of grand jury information that is protected under federal law.
Congressman Rooney stated, “As of January 3rd, Congress had an approval rating of 18% – and with legislation such as this we can understand why. While the House Judiciary Committee continues to pursue a collusion narrative that was proven false our borders remain unsecured, our immigration system remains broken, America’s infrastructure continues to crumble, and deficits continue to climb. It is past time for Congress to get to work for the American people and stop its political grandstanding. The presidential election of 2016 has been decided – it is time to move on.”
- Res. 430 would also:
- Res. 430 also allows House Committees other than Judiciary to initiate civil proceedings in federal court if approved by a Legal Advisory Group – a group of 5 lawmakers, 3 leaders from the Majority and 2 leaders from the Minority. This is historically unprecedented.
- It is important to note that President Trump enacted executive privilege with regard to releasing the full report, which would put Attorney General Barr in direct violation of the law if he chose to do so.