Nancy Pelosi accuses AG William Barr of lying to Congress

In a statement following the hearing, with the toy chicken in tow, Mr. Cohen added, "Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions".

The Justice Department also told the committee that it would not comply with a congressional subpoena for an unredacted version of special c ounsel Robert S. Mueller III's report and underlying investigative material.

"I think we are truly in a new phase of this entire situation, that is deeply, deeply destructive to the Constitution, and the foundations of our democracy", she said Thursday. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, brought in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a ceramic chicken, sharing his food with his Democratic colleagues.

Mr Nadler's comments indicated that the Democrats, who control the House, are prepared to escalate a showdown with Trump's administration, which has resisted their demands for documents and information on a wide range of topics, from Trump's taxes to his businesses. "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests", the Mueller report says. During that hearing, Barr said he was not aware of any concerns special counsel Robert Mueller had about his four-page summary of Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's interactions with Russian Federation.

But he was a no-show at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, after its leadership announced it would have lawyers cross-examine him following a round of questioning by the panel's elected members.

"They want to create the impression that a cover-up is going on", McCarthy said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler speaks as Attorney General William Barr fails to attend a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. "Was it the members or was it some lawyer that you want to set up Barr with?"

GRAHAM: "As to obstruction of justice, Mr. Mueller left it to Mr. Barr to decide after two years, and all this time".

"Now, according to the Mueller report, that is not conspiracy, because it's done right out in the open", Clinton said.

The Democrats are debating whether Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice based on the evidence set out in Mueller's 448-page report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The agents' reliance on the dossier was made clear in their use of the unverified opposition research to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign national-security adviser Carter Page, as well as their lengthy description of the dossier in a 2017 draft counterintelligence report. When Trump's critics inflate details of the report to create wild conspiracy theories completely unsupported by the facts, they are doing an equally significant disservice to the dialogue surrounding the president and what he may have done or not done with regard to Russian Federation and the subsequent investigation. Mueller's report did not conclude whether or not the president had obstructed justice, however.

He said his own summary had been an attempt to "notify the people of the bottom-line conclusion".

The three Democratic presidential candidates on the committee did their best not to appear wild-eyed, rehearsed or pandering - but each fell short. Sen.

Flood went on to slam Mueller for declining to reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice, arguing that failing to do so violates the investigation's obligation to make a prosecutorial decision. Barr lied to and misled the American people and public. In fact, Mueller explicitly tossed that specific ball into Congress' court.

  • Tracy Klein