Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) recently got Attorney General William Barr to admit under oath that he did not review any of the underlying evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report before making his decision to exonerate Trump.
During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Barr was asked to give details about the summary of Mueller’s report, and about the press conference he gave following his review of the report itself in mid-April. During Sen. Harris’ round of questioning, she cornered Barr into admitting that despite exonerating Trump of wrongdoing in his summary of the Mueller report, he didn’t actually look at any of the underlying evidence in the report itself.
SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS: So you accepted the report as the evidence?
ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR: Yes.
HARRIS: So you did not question or look at any of the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report?
HARRIS: Did Mr. [Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein review the evidence that underlines and supports the conclusions in the report, to your knowledge?
BARR: Not to my knowledge. We accepted the statements in the report as —
HARRIS: –Did any of your–
BARR: –Characterization of the evidence as true.
HARRIS: Did anyone in your executive office review the evidence supporting the report?
HARRIS: No. Yet you represented to the American public that the evidence was not “sufficient” to support an obstruction of justice offense.
It's impossible to watch @KamalaHarris cross-examine Barr and not PINE to watch her tear Trump to shreds in a debate.
I haven't made a choice.
I await the Dem debates.
She AND @maziehirono we operating at a Mjolnir level of hammer today.pic.twitter.com/NJXDfRqXPR
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) May 1, 2019
As has been widely reported, Barr dismissed allegations that President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russian intelligence officials to win the 2016 election, as well as allegations that Trump obstructed justice as president.
However, Barr’s interpretation of the Mueller report was subjected to vast skepticism by both liberal and conservative voices. Even Judge Andrew Napolitano — one of Fox News’ resident legal experts — argued that not only did the Mueller report show multiple instances of obstruction, but that Attorney General Barr helped to cover up those alleged crimes.
“Why not charge him? Because the Attorney General of the United States would have blocked such a charge,” Napolitano said. “Because the Attorney General of the United States is of the view that obstruction of justice can only occur if you’re interfering with a criminal investigation of yourself. But that’s not what the obstruction statute says.”
Following Barr’s testimony, Sen. Harris called on him to resign.
“What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable,” she tweeted. “Barr must resign now.”
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