US House Speaker accuses Barr of lying to Congress

US House Speaker accuses Barr of lying to Congress

US House Speaker accuses Barr of lying to Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Attorney General William Barr. "Barr must resign now", Harris, a Judiciary Committee member, said in a tweet shortly after she questioned Barr at Wednesday's hearing. In all, it's likely to prompt a vote on holding Barr in contempt and possibly the issuance of subpoenas, bringing House Democrats and the Trump administration closer to a prolonged battle in court.

Nadler pressed ahead with the hearing on Thursday morning, emphasizing the empty witness chair with a placard for Barr.

After his no-show, Pelosi said Barr's testimony to Congress raised "deadly serious" questions as "the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United states".

"That's a crime", the top Democrat in Congress told reporters, referring to Barr's congressional testimony.

More broadly, Pelosi said the American people should "connect the dots" from Barr to Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a Republican agenda "fueled by dark special-interest money". Mueller urged Barr twice to release the executive summaries and redacted report that Mueller and his team prepared for Barr.

A Justice Department spokeswoman addressed Mueller's letter and the follow-up phone call in a statement to the Post.

Nadler said that subpoenaing Barr is a possibility but he still hopes the attorney general decides to show up. A date has not yet been set, but Nadler said he's targeting May 15.

The Justice Department quickly hit back after Pelosi made the accusation. "He has even failed to show up today".

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The House Judiciary hearing lasted less than 30 minutes, but the panel says it will continue its investigation.

"I think that if he felt that he shouldn't go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision then he shouldn't have investigated".

"I do not know what Attorney General Barr will choose". One lawmaker jokingly looked under the desk to make sure Barr wasn't there. "I do not know what my Republican colleagues will choose", Nadler said.

"Chairman Nadler sabotaged his own hearing", Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said after Barr canceled. "He's the people lawyer", Biden said of Barr.

The Tennessee lawmaker also placed a ceramic chicken at the table where Barr was supposed to testify. 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.

However, the report did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, accused Barr of lying to lawmakers about his interactions with Mueller after the special counsel concluded his 22-month investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's candidacy.

Barr told senators that none of the actions taken by Trump met the necessary legal requirements to be charged as crimes and proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury, including directing his White House counsel to fire Mueller and trying to get the previous attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to reverse his recusal from overseeing the investigation. Trump has vowed to fight "all of the subpoenas" as multiple committees have sought to speak with administration officials or obtain documents relevant to his policies and finances. The president, his business and his administration have already filed lawsuits to prevent the turning over of Trump's financial records and have declined to comply with a deadline to provide his tax returns.

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