Congressman blasts Nadler's demand for AG to 'break the law'
- Author: Tracy Klein May 05, 2019,
May 05, 2019, 1:58
After U.S. Attorney General William Barr was grilled before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Committee Chairman Sen.
Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary for about five hours on Wednesday, but after Nadler attempted to change the terms of the testimony, including giving time to congressional legal staff to interrogate the attorney general, Barr canceled the scheduled Thursday appearance before the House.
Evidently, after Barr's March 24, 2019 four-page letter summarizing the 448 page report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the extraordinary step of "go to paper" in writing the March 27, 2019 letter memorializing his position that Barr's four-page letter "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of Mueller's work.
A spokesman for Barr called the speaker's comments "reckless, irresponsible, and false".
Democrats and the mainstream media are complicit in what may turn out to be one of the greatest scandals in USA history-and Barr is the man who seems willing to finally uncover the corruption.
In their own Friday letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, the Trumps said they would suffer "irreparable harm" without the order, accusing Democrats of seeking their private financial information purely "for the sake of exposure".
Mr Nadler said he wouldn't immediately issue a subpoena for Mr Barr's testimony but would first focus on getting the full Mueller report, likely including a vote holding Mr Barr in contempt of Congress.
Barr said, "I'm trying to grapple with the word 'suggest.' There have been discussions of matters out there that they've not asked me to open an investigation".
It didn't tell one lie the whole day.
"I don't know", Barr answered. But the Justice Department has resisted, saying the subpoena does not constitute legitimate oversight and describing its demands as "overbroad and extraordinarily burdensome".
Mr Barr released Mr Mueller's report on April 18, with some parts blacked out to protect sensitive information.
But if the US attorney declines to prosecute, Democrats have other methods to force compliance with witnesses, like hefty fines for witnesses who fail to appear. He has asked DOJ to make the more complete version of the Mueller report available to "all members", where, based on patterns of behavior from the partisan Democrats, it would nearly certainly be leaked to the media.
It did not establish the Trump campaign conspired with Russian operatives.
When pressed, Cohen said Barr should be locked up "unless he agrees to participate".
"When you say bring him in, do you actually support the idea of putting him in - are you talking about just having him sit for a hearing or locking him up somehow?" asked the CNN host.
Mr Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, concluded there was insufficient evidence to show a criminal conspiracy and opted not to make a conclusion on whether Mr Trump committed obstruction of justice, but pointedly did not exonerate him.
Barr hesitated before acknowledging that presidential campaigns that are offered dirt from hostile foreign governments should probably contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, unlike Donald Trump, Jr.'s "I love it".