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#101

House Judiciary Chair Nadler’s statement with regards to the news that Barr had received a letter from Mueller expressing that Barr had misled the public in his conclusion on Obstruction of Justice.

“The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Mueller wrote to Attorney General Barr last month to object to the Attorney General’s summary of his work because it ‘did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance’ of the investigation. The Special Counsel was concerned, among other things, that the Attorney General’s mischaracterization ‘threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.’ He also requested that the Department release the introduction and executive summaries prepared by the Special Counsel’s team — as I did at the time.

“The Special Counsel’s concerns reflect our own. The Attorney General should not have taken it upon himself to describe the Special Counsel’s findings in a light more favorable to the President. It was only a matter of time before the facts caught up to him.

“Attorney General Barr also should not have withheld this letter from Congress for as long as he has. I have demanded a copy from the Department of Justice. I have asked that it be delivered no later than 10:00 tomorrow morning.

“The Attorney General has expressed some reluctance to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday. These reports make it that much more important for him to appear and answer our questions. The Department of Justice has also been reluctant to confirm a date for Special Counsel Mueller to testify. Given this evening’s reports, I will press the Department to schedule that hearing without delay.”


#102

House Democrats tell The Daily Beast they’ve been told Special Counsel Robert Mueller is willing to testify before them about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election but that the Department of Justice has been unwilling to set a date for it to happen.

The impasse comes as lawmakers have grown increasingly frustrated over Attorney General Bill Barr’s handling of the release of the Mueller probe and as other Trump World figures have declined to appear before congressional committees.

Shortly after it was reported on Tuesday nightthat Mueller had written and called Barr to complain that he not fully represented his findings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) sent out a statement demanding both appear before his committee and revealing that he had been stonewalled so far.

“The Attorney General has expressed some reluctance to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday,” Nadler said. “These reports make it that much more important for him to appear and answer our questions. The Department of Justice has also been reluctant to confirm a date for Special Counsel Mueller to testify.”

**Nadler had sent a letter to DOJ following the department’s release of the Mueller report asking that Mueller appear for questioning no later than May 23**. Two sources familiar with the conversations said the Judiciary Committee has been in regular contact with DOJ about setting a date for that Mueller’s testimony and that those conversations were ongoing as of this week. Committee sources said that it was their impression that Mueller was willing to testify to discuss his findings though it was unclear whether that would take place in public or behind closed doors.

But the DOJ has, according to multiple sources, not agreed to a date, citing Mueller’s continued status as a department employee—since the Special Counsel serves under the attorney general.


#103

#104

Senator Hirono’s letter asking the IG to investigate Barr.


#105

:boom:

Barr’s going to be brought to task about his conduct, even BEFORE the public became aware of Mueller’s letter to Barr.


#106

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called on Attorney General William Barr to resign after it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller believed the chief law enforcement officer publicly misrepresented the findings of the Russia probe.

Schiff’s appeal stems from his belief that Barr last month “willingly misled the Congress” when he told members of a House Appropriation subcommittee he did not know what was behind reports that the special counsel’s team was frustrated with the four-page memo he sent to Congress summing up Mueller’s report almost a month ahead of its release.


#107

Attorney General Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Mueller Report Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Mueller report.

Watch :point_down:

https://www.c-span.org/event/?459922/attorney-general-testifies-senate-judiciary-committee-mueller-report&live

Recess until 12:50pm E

And they’re back. Sorry I’m a little late.


#108

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to allow staff to question Attorney General William Barr during his hearing on the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, raising the possibility that he won’t show up.

Barr warned Democrats days ago that he won’t appear before the committee, scheduled for Thursday morning, if they stick to the format.

"I don’t know what he’s afraid of," said House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat.


#109
  • Attorney General William P. Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he did not misrepresent the report by Robert S. Mueller III, despite Mr. Mueller’s complaint that the attorney general’s initial public letter describing the investigation’s findings did not capture its full context.
  • In a letter from the special counsel to the attorney general, released on Wednesday, Mr. Mueller wrote that Mr. Barr’s summary of his office’s work failed to capture “the context, nature and substance” of his report and had left the public confused about “critical aspects of the results.”
  • Mr. Barr said that President Trump did not obstruct justice by telling his White House counsel to have the special counsel removed from office.
  • Democrats pressed Mr. Barr on why he had not publicly acknowledged concerns about his original summary when asked about them and why he asserted that Mr. Trump had cooperated fully with the investigation when he tried to thwart it.
  • The House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to allow staff lawyers to question Mr. Barr at a hearing scheduled for Thursday. Mr. Barr has said he will not appear under that format.

Barr is off his rocker, he came out of retirement for this?! We don’t need more Honey badgers in politics. :woman_shrugging:t2:


#110

Can’t watch this anymore, I’m just yelling at my iPad every time Barr lies or evades actually answering the question. :face_with_symbols_over_mouth::face_with_symbols_over_mouth::face_with_symbols_over_mouth:


(Matt Kiser) #111

same, same.


#112

Barr gaslights like an abusive ex husband. Dude, I’m so pissed.


#113

I’ll save you some time, Barr is a Trump crony, who thinks the President is above the law. He should have never have been confirmed in the first place.


#114

The White House has rejected a House committee’s request for documents related to possible abuses of the security clearance system.

The request came after accusations that the Trump administration granted security clearances to more than two dozen officials over the objections of career officials.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the House Oversight Committee’s attempts to obtain FBI background investigation files “highly improper” and that it shows a “total disregard for individual privacy,” according to a nine-page letter dated Wednesday and obtained by POLITICO.

“Respectfully, it is not within the authority of Congress to second guess how the President selects his advisors or who has access to the information necessary to provide the President with fully-informed advice,” Cipollone wrote to Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

While career officials give recommendations on whether individuals are eligible for a security clearance, the president has the ultimate authority on the matter.


#115

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are discussing holding Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress, according to several lawmakers and officials familiar with the plan.

During a pair of closed-door meetings Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the committee decided that it would probably make a push for a Barr contempt citation if he skips a scheduled Thursday hearing or ignores their subpoena for the full report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Lawmakers and officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss private deliberations, cautioned that no final decision has been made. Barr has until the end of the day to hand over the full Mueller report but is not expected to comply.

:bangbang:Update: Attorney General William Barr declines to testify before House panel, says Judiciary Committee aide :bangbang:


#116

And here’s additional reporting from CNN. Nadler is now confirming that Barr has refused to appear.

OK, House Democratis, enough is enough – so these are the next steps:
Step 1 - Contempt charges for Barr. Step 2 - Impeach Barr.

Nadler has also said May 15 is a possible date for Mueller’s testimony, but it’s not confirmed.

Attorney General William Barr is no longer expected to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, chairman Jerry Nadler announced.

The decision comes after Democrats on the committee demanded that Barr face questions from the committee’s lawyers.

Nadler said in comments to reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill that they are looking at May 15 as a possible date for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify.

The committee voted earlier Wednesday to allow staff to question Barr during his hearing on the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The vote was 21 to 14.

"I don’t know what he’s afraid of," Nadler said earlier.

Nadler asks: What is Barr afraid of? My answer: Going to prison – just like Attorney General John Mitchell did when he obstructed justice for Richard Nixon.


#117

And that’s a crime.

House Democrats, decrying what they called an erosion of American democracy, threatened on Thursday to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress after he failed to appear at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee and ignored a subpoena deadline to hand over Robert S. Mueller III’s full report and evidence.

“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, referring to a House hearing in which he said he was unaware that the special counsel had protested his portrayal of his conclusions. “And that’s a crime.”

Convening in a nearly empty hearing room despite his absence, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, called on Republicans to join Democrats in standing up for the rights of Congress against an administration that he said was trying to “make it that much harder for us to hold the executive branch accountable.”

But mostly he trained his ire at the attorney general, who objected to Mr. Nadler’s insistence that staff lawyers be allowed to ask questions at the hearing.


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#118

:raised_hands: :raised_hands: :raised_hands:

Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, brought in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a ceramic chicken, sharing his food with his Democratic colleagues.

"Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions," he told reporters while holding the ceramic chicken.


#119

OK – good. But let’s not just threaten, let’s do it! Now!


#120

Former White House personnel security director Carl Kline took responsibility for a security clearance process criticized for overruling multiple recommended denials for senior government officials, according to members of Congress who privately interviewed Kline on Wednesday.

“He’s basically trying to say that the buck pretty much stopped with him,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat. “There’s much more information that we need to dig into.”

Tricia Newbold, whom Democrats describe as a whistleblower, has accused Kline of approving security clearances for White House officials despite recommended denials, including for the President’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. In 2018, Trump reportedly directed his then-chief of staff John Kelly to give Kushner a top-secret security clearance.