Lindsey Graham Invites Mueller to Testify on Barr Call…If He Wants To

May 04, 2019, 01:06
Lindsey Graham Invites Mueller to Testify on Barr Call…If He Wants To

"Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General of the substance of that phone call", Graham writes. "Not the President of the United States and not the attorney general".

"I think he should resign".

Barr made that assertion despite a letter he received in March from Mueller complaining Barr's summary didn't fully capture the "context, nature and substance" of Mueller's almost 400-page report, which was released weeks later. His 448-page report unearthed many links between Russians and Trump's campaign, but concluded there was insufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow.

Nadler, D-N.Y., spoke at what was slated to be a hearing for Barr to testify on his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

During a brief Oval Office session with reporters Friday, Trump deferred to Barr about whether Mueller should testify, saying, "I don't know".

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"If anybody else did that", Pelosi said, referring to Barr's testimony in a press conference on Thursday, "it would be considered a crime". Given that no president has ever felt justly accused of any misconduct, this means that the president is above the law.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the new letter.

Democrats are also hoping to gauge public reaction on just how far they could milk the Mueller investigation before facing potential backlash in next year's elections.

"We are at a very critical moment in this nation's history", said Democratic Rep.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department released a letter from Mueller criticizing Barr's summary of his report and urging him to release the executive summaries contained within the report itself. Barr said Wednesday his goal had been simply to release the report's bottom-line conclusions as he readied the entire document for release.

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The same committee now wants to talk to Mueller.

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Representative Doug Collins, called Nadler's latest request from Barr "absurd".

Jerry Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is threatening to hold Barr in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena for the full redacted Mueller report.

The decision to avoid a determination on obstruction caught Barr by surprise, Justice Department officials said, and he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resolved to reach a conclusion in place of Mueller's team.

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