Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Dems threaten Barr anew with contempt over Mueller report

Dems threaten Barr anew with contempt over Mueller report

After U.S. Attorney General William Barr was grilled before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Committee Chairman Sen.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called Pelosi's allegation "reckless, irresponsible and false".

"My intention is not to ask for it at this stage", Barr told members of the House Appropriations Committee during his April 9 testimony. He was particularly perturbed by those dismissing Robert Mueller's letter criticizing Barr's four-page summary of the special counsel's report. That could potentially lead to legal steps against the top US law enforcement official.

Barr released a redacted version of Mueller's 448-page report last month.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently concluded that Trump did not break the law.

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. Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal. The report also detailed a series of actions Mr Trump took to try to impede the investigation.

The White House signaled little appetite to cooperate.

At Wednesday's hearing, Democrats confronted Barr with a series of episodes from Mueller's report, including the president's directive to aides to lie on his behalf and for his White House counsel to seek Mueller's ouster. Nadler says that in the past, courts have agreed to provide 6 (e) documents in the past.

Trump was then asked about Senator Harris in particular, as she stood out in her interrogation of Barr. "I would tell him to hit the road", Mudd said during a segment on CNN's Situation Room, before explaining why he believed the Nadler's committee had treated Barr unfairly.

"It is one thing for a president to encourage complete cooperation and transparency in a criminal investigation conducted largely within the Executive Branch".

"Democrats continue to deliver inaccurate statements and abusive politics, while demanding the attorney general either break the law or face contempt charges", Collins said in a statement.

The Democrat Senator, a former California Attorney General and career prosecutor, delivered some of the sharpest of rounds of questioning directed at the sitting Attorney General.

"Biggest hearing you might have in your entire chairmanship, you can't bother, you're too lazy to learn the portfolio well enough to ask your own questions?"

Separately on Thursday, Barr failed to show up to a House Judiciary Committee hearing about the Mueller report.

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