WH Lawyer Told Barr That Mueller Should've Reached Obstruction Decision

Friday, 03 May, 2019

Barr skipped a House hearing on Thursday after a disagreement with the House Judiciary Committee over questioning.

Mudd called the hearing "a set up".

In a letter sent to the committee late Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd laid out a list of reasons that the department won't provide the full Mueller report or all the underlying evidence.

"Being the attorney general does not give you a back to say whatever you want and it is a fact because you are the attorney general".

Shortly afterward, Pelosi escalated the tensions further.

"I always tell them, you know, you can run the best campaign". 'I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press'.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY made the remark to reporters a day after Barr told a Senate committee that he believes "spying" occurred on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Barr said he was not sure if Carter Page was under surveillance while working for the Trump campaign. Within minutes of Pelosi's comments, Justice Department Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called her words "reckless, irresponsible and false". "If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime". Barr's notes of his conversation with Mueller, they believe, could shed light on that issue. Jerry Nadler's (D., N.Y.) committee.

"AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he's not a credible head of federal law enforcement", said Senator Elizabeth Warren in a tweet. "Was it the members or was it some lawyer that you want to set up Barr with?" "My primary interest is to pursue justice". Barr told the committee that Trump "fully cooperated with Mueller's investigation", a point Democrats contested since Trump himself refused to be interviewed by Mueller. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, brought in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a ceramic chicken, sharing his food with his Democratic colleagues. "Every one of us must make the same choice".

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the committee, accused Nadler of creating a political "circus".

"We didn't really get a clear understanding of the reasoning", Barr said. Barr said he wouldn't attend under that condition.

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, a day after the revelation that Mueller had criticized the attorney general's summary of his report.

The Mueller report claimed, "The evidence we obtained about the President's actions and intent presents hard issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred".

But Graham is objectively wrong to claim that Mueller left the obstruction question for Barr "to decide".

"The challenge we face is that if we don't stand up to him together, today, then we risk forever losing the power to stand up to any president in the future", Nadler said.

The attorney general's confrontational approach is in line with the White House, which argued in an April 19 letter that Trump has the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes. Trump said he heard that Barr had performed "incredibly well" before the Senate panel.

Nadler did not reveal anything new about what steps Democrats might take next.

Some key takeaways from Mueller's letter and Barr's testimony.