Pelosi Says Barr Lied to Congress and Trump Obstructed Justice

US Attorney-General William Barr dismisses 'snitty' complaints over handling of Mueller's report on Donald Trump

Barr refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, balking at the Democrats' conditions. He later spoke outside the chamber. Barr had objected to being questioned by staffers, a plan the department said was inappropriate for a Cabinet official.

"We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith", said Nadler.

"The challenge we face is also bigger than the Mueller report".

Barr's decision to avoid the hearing, made after a disagreement with the committee over questioning, and the Democratic pushback brought both sides closer to a court battle - one that could pit Trump against House Democrats well into the 2020 campaign season.

Pelosi said, "As you probably know in the articles of impeachment for President Nixon, Article III was that he ignored the subpoenas of Congress". "In their call, Barr also took issue with Mueller calling his memo a 'summary, ' saying he had never meant to summarize the voluminous report, but instead provide an account of its top conclusions, officials said".

Politico reports Pelosi told Rep. Charlie Crist in a private caucus meeting that "we saw [Barr] commit a crime when he answered your question".

The letter squarely attacks the Mueller team for not making a decision on obstruction of justice, a federal crime in which someone "corruptly" attempts to "influence, obstruct or impede" the "due and proper administration of the law" in a pending proceeding, according to federal code. But earlier this week, a letter surfaced from Mueller complaining about Barr's memo on the special counsel's findings. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr's treacherous behavior. Sen. Though a redacted version of the report has been released since Mueller wrote that letter, there's still great interest in his thoughts on Barr's behavior.

Democrats have alleged Barr may have also given misleading testimony to Congress about criticism he received from Mueller.

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Pelosi was likely referring to Barr's testimony April 10.

That's probably the right thing to do since longstanding Department of Justice precedent says a sitting president can not be indicted.

In his initial letter, the attorney general informed the public, before media was able to manipulate and confuse the core findings, that, despite its best efforts, the special counsel-an open-ended, unimpeded investigation with virtually no oversight-couldn't find evidence to corroborate the prevailing myth that had been perpetuated for more than two years by Democrats and the political media. Nadler has issued a subpoena for McGahn to testify in its investigation of possible obstruction of justice by the president.

The speaker's blunt words about the nation's top law enforcement official came as Democrats have ratcheted up their fight with Barr, calling on his resignation and even threatening to hold him in contempt of Congress for failing to adhere to a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to provide the full, unredacted Mueller report and its underlying evidence.

The Mueller Report concluded there wasn't a formal agreement between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to collude.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also said he doesn't need to hear from Mueller.

In a telephone interview with the Fox Business Network on Wednesday night, Trump praised Barr for his appearance before the committee: "He did a fantastic job today, I'm told, I got to see some of it, he did a fantastic job".

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