Pelosi accuses Barr of lying to Congress: "That's a crime"
- Author: Tracy Klein May 04, 2019,
May 04, 2019, 1:14
After a contentious day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr grew exhausted of splainin' why he sugar-coated the Mueller Report in his 4-page letter to Congress.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler attends a news conference on April 9. He replaced an attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was ridiculed by the president and ultimately pushed out, and an acting one, Matt Whitaker, who was dismissed by Democrats as unqualified and a Trump loyalist.
Mr Barr released Mr Mueller's report on April 18, with some parts blacked out to protect sensitive information.
Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a joint letter to the bar associations of Virginia and Washington D.C. They requested that the federal government's top lawman be put under a "professional review" for lying to Congress, and misrepresenting the Mueller report before its release.
Mueller prepared an introduction and an executive summary for both volumes of his report.
Nadler also asked that the DOJ "seek a court order permitting disclosure of" grand jury material, a request that Barr has explicitly told Congress he had no intention on complying with.
Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News has long argued for libertarian positions on the nation's largest cable news network, consistently holding George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump accountable for alleged abuses of power. Nadler has issued a subpoena for McGahn to testify in its investigation of possible obstruction of justice by the president.
But Ms Pelosi said the Trump administration was continuing to ignore congressional subpoenas and noted Congress launched impeachment proceedings against president Richard Nixon in the 1970s after he resisted similar demands.
"Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General", Graham wrote in a letter to Mueller, who was probing alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
At the White House, speaking to reporters, Trump was asked whether he would let Mueller testify to the Senate panel.
The report detailed extensive contacts between Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow and the campaign's expectation that it would benefit from Russia's actions, which included hacking and propaganda to boost Mr Trump and harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "No more costly & time consuming investigations".