Scanlon, Watertown Native, Part of Barr HearingPosted: Updated:
A Watertown native was one of the members of congress to speak Wednesday during a hearing on whether Attorney General William Barr should be held in contempt of congress.
Mary Gay Scanlon, a first term Democrat representing a congressional district in suburban Philadelphia PA., is a 1976 graduate of Watertown high school.
Scanlon spoke as the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives weighed whether to charge Barr with contempt. At issue is Barr's failure to produce a complete copy of the report prepared by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Democrats in Congress and the Trump administration are at war over what information the administration will surrender - so far, the administration is refusing to produce any of the documents the Democrats demand, or allow ex-White House lawyer Donald McGahn to testify.
Barr gave congress a version of the Mueller report which contains more than 90 percent of the original report. Republicans maintain Barr has more than fulfilled the demands of congress, and can't produce a complete "unredacted" report, because it contains grand jury testimony.
Although Scanlon is a new member of congress, she has rapidly become one of the public faces of the Democratic majority on the judiciary committee, making appearances on CNN and MSNBC.
During the hearing leading up to the contempt vote Wednesday, Scanlon said she was "profoundly saddened" by "an administration that is stonewalling - yes, even acting in contempt of - not just congress, not just the rule of law, but the American people."
The judiciary committee voted to hold Barr in contempt late Wednesday. The matter now goes to the full House of Representatives.
Scanlon's statement, in full
It's easy to lose focus when our colleagues across the aisle engage in whatabout-ism, what is the distraction of the day or even misleading legal arguments. Nobody is asking the attorney general to disobey the law. We're asking the attorney general to obey the law and produce the Mueller report and the supporting documentation, the underlying evidence that we've been requesting for a couple of months now, and that the American people have been awaiting for two years.
Why is this important? Well, if you think there's no collusion and no obstruction, you haven't read the Mueller report. I admit it's not an easy read, but it clearly states that there was coordination, there's evidence of coordination, it clearly states multiple incidents of obstruction of justice and it clearly refers that over to congress to deal with.
Over 700 federal prosecutors have now reviewed that evidence, just the redacted evidence - not even the underlying evidence - and stated unequivocally that it shows multiple instances that would be felonies if it was anyone other than a sitting president. And that's the reason Mueller didn't charge; he says in his report 'It was a sitting president, under the rules I'm operating under I couldn't file charges.' That's why it's Congress's job to do something about it. And that's why we're staying focused on our job.
I'm not joyful about this. I'm not afraid of where it takes us. What I am is profoundly saddened, that we're in a position where we have an administration that is stonewalling - yes, even acting in contempt of - not just congress, not just the rule of law, but the American people.