Nancy Pelosi says that the Attorney General Lied to Congress

Colin Koot

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Attorney General William Barr skipped a committee hearing on Thursday and has failed to provide an unredacted version of the Mueller report to Congress, leading to a war between the White House and Democrats.

Following the release of the Mueller report, Barr came under scrutiny for his summarization of the document.  He had concluded that the report stated that President Trump was free from all charges and that there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction.

Special Counsel Mueller objected to the summary provided by Barr, and sent a letter to him stating that his summary was incomplete and inaccurate.  At a hearing in April, Barr stated that he had no idea of the objections from Mueller.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress about Mueller’s objections to his summary of the Special Counsel’s report, bringing her under fire from many Republicans.

“What is deadly serious about it is the Attorney General of the United States of America is not telling the truth to Congress. That’s a crime,” said Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. “If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”

Many Republicans state that the overreaction to the Mueller report was due to all of the belief that Mr Trump had committed a crime for the two years leading up to the report’s release.

“Their actions are a coup,” said House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, suggesting anti-Trump bias influenced the origins of the probe. “I do not believe they were abiding by the rule of law.”

Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, threatened to hold Barr in contempt if he failed to provide the complete, unredacted version of the Mueller report.  Nadler had previously given the Attorney General a deadline of Wednesday, but he continued to hold out on the release of the full report.

“He’s trying to render Congress inert as a separate and coequal branch of government,” said Jerrold Nadler. “If we don’t stand up together, today, we risk forever losing the power to stand up to any president in the future.”

Republicans say that many liberals are simply overreacting to the charges against Mr. Trump, trying desperately to do something now that the Russia investigation has failed to prove conspiracy between Mr Trump and Russia.

“I think the Democrats are substantially overreaching,” said Mike Simpson, a republican representative from Idaho. “The problem is they tried to convince the American people that he colluded with the Russians for the last two years and now we find out that’s false. . . . And it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve got to save our bacon. We’ve got to find something!’ And that’s what they’re doing.”

The White House has been unwilling to provide any documents or witnesses for the investigation, leading democrats to believe that the president’s unwillingness to cooperate is a threat to democracy.

Many members of the Democratic party have begun to rethink their stance of the possible impeachment of President Trump.  Before, they thought that the 2020 election was the best time for ousting the president. However, some Democrats now believe that the president could be impeached, including Pelosi.

“Ignoring subpoenas of Congress, not honoring subpoenas of Congress — that was Article III of the Nixon impeachment,” Pelosi said of Trump in a private meeting with colleagues, according to notes taken by a person present for the remarks. “This person has not only ignored subpoenas, he has said he’s not going to honor any subpoenas. What more do we want?”

Many Democrats also want to have the ability to question Mueller himself about the report.  If Barr continues to not attend committee hearings, than he could be subject to contempt proceedings beginning as soon as next week.

People around the country will continue to watch what happens with the Mueller report and its consequences on the president.