Pelosi accuses Barr of lying in Congress

WASHINGTON DC- APRIL 18 U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference on the release of the redacted version of the Mueller report at the Department of Justice

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Barr pushed back against what he called "snitty" complaints made by special counsel Robert Mueller in a private letter in which he conveyed his unhappiness over the attorney general's portrayal of the Russian Federation probe's findings.

"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. Democrats on the panel contended that Barr was protecting Trump after he assessed Mueller's report on his own in the early memo and declared there wasn't enough evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice.

Later on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi alleged that Barr lied to Congress in testimony last month, drawing a fiery rebuke from the Department of Justice. "Nobody is above the law".

Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX), criticized Democrats' characterization of Attorney General William Barr as not being forthcoming in his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing.

"As to obstruction of justice, Mr. Mueller left it to Mr. Barr to decide", Graham continued. Mueller did not find the Trump campaign conspired with Russian actors, and the special counsel did not make a recommendation on whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. Are all the liberal pundits and news outlets pretending that Harris's line of inquiry is shrewd, really arguing that Barr should act as if there might be a smoking gun buried in the evidence that Mueller himself didn't deem worthy to bring forward in his report?

Several others in the crowded Democratic presidential field also spoke out Wednesday, including Sen.

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But Nadler struck a serious tone, and cast the moment as one where Barr, Republicans and Democrats have an obligation to come together to stand up to President Donald Trump in defense of the Constitution and Congress' oversight role. The investigation found multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the report said it established that "the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts".

Mueller "expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel's obstruction analysis", Kupec said. But the letter made it clear that Barr has not told Congress the full truth about the Mueller investigation, King said. The allegations have been proven false.

The committee's top Republican Doug Collins pushed back fiercely, calling the witness-less hearing a "circus" and all but challenging the House of Representatives leadership to launch impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump.

Before the full Mueller report was released, Barr told Congress that no one from the Mueller team was dissatisfied with Barr's four-page characterization of the investigation, King noted.

"What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable".

Mueller wanted the executive summaries from his report publicly released immediately after he submitted his report in March.

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