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Dems threaten Barr anew with contempt over Mueller report

Dems threaten Barr anew with contempt over Mueller report

Democrats accused the Republican President and his administration of a launching a growing attack on American democracy.

Shortly after Barr refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, Pelosi accused him of lying to lawmakers about interactions with Mueller after the special counsel ended a 22-month investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election to boost Trump's candidacy.

"He lied to Congress".

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a letter to Mueller on Friday that said the special counsel could provide testimony "if you would like" as to whether he felt Barr misrepresented Mueller's views at a Senate hearing earlier this week.

"Nobody is above the law". "The Attorney General shouldn't be afraid of taking questions from counsel or members".

After laying out his case to Barr, Flood explained the objective of his letter is to make sure this investigation does not set a precedent for future proceedings.

Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department representative, called Pelosi's statement "reckless, irresponsible and false".

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, accused President Donald Trump of trying to block legitimate congressional oversight of the executive branch and vowed to fight back. That could potentially lead to fines or imprisonment for the top United States law-enforcement official.

Barr on April 18 released a redacted version of the Mueller report. There is absolutely no doubt that this was created to help elect Donald Trump. Mr Nixon resigned in 1974.

"It is astonishing to me that not a single Democrat has yet to go read the less redacted version of the report, yet they keep asking for more", Sanders said.

Barr told Congress in April that he didn't know if Mueller supported his conclusion, and he didn't know what was behind reports that members of the Special Counsel's team was frustrated with his March 24 letter describing the "principal conclusions" of the Mueller report.

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

Just before Barr's testimony on Wednesday, reports surfaced that Mueller sent Barr a letter complaining that Barr's summary of his report did not "fully capture the context, nature and substance" of his investigation. Several Democrats have called on him to resign. If I were [Bill] Barr, I would tell Jerry Nadler to pound sand.

"That makes Bill Barr the second most risky man in the country".

"If the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse", the New York Democrat wrote.

The letter says that, because of Barr's non-summary summary, he distorted things, and so the public was left with the wrong impression.

Nadler - at a freakish session complete with an empty chair for Barr where one Democrat placed a prop chicken - lashed out at both Barr and Trump, who has vowed to fight all subpoenas amid an escalating confrontation with Congress over an array of investigations.

During a brief Oval Office session with reporters Friday, Trump deferred to Barr about whether Mueller should testify, saying, "I don't know. I let him interview the lawyer, the White House lawyer, for 30 hours".

"They shouldn't be looking anymore".

The report detailed extensive contacts between 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 Trump and harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mueller did not conclude that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, but did not exonerate him either.