Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made it clear from the beginning of her questions to Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday that she was not happy with him.
While the senator’s attitude was short and fiery with Barr, he chose to give it right back.
The senator began her questioning by asking Barr multiple times if President Donald Trump or anyone at the White House had asked him to open investigations into anyone specific.
“Has the president or anyone at the White House asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?” asked Harris.
After struggling with the question, Barr asked if she could repeat it.
“I will repeat it,” she said. “Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone, yes or no, please, sir?”
As Barr continued struggling with the wording of the question, Harris said, “Seems you would remember something like that and tell us.”
“But I’m trying to grapple with the word suggest,” Barr quickly replied. “There have been discussions of matters out there but they have not asked me to open an investigation.”
Source: Fox News
Harris later strangely questioned why Barr accepted Mueller’s report as fact and did not “question the underlying evidence” himself.
“We accepted the statements in the report and the characterization of the evidence as true,” Barr said at one point.
Harris then tried her best for a “gotcha” question, but Barr wasn’t having it. The senator asked Barr how he could say he believes the president to be innocent of obstruction of justice when he did not review the “underlying evidence” of the Mueller report.
“This is not a mysterious process,” Barr said. He then tried to explain that when a report is done on a criminal investigation, you “try to accept the characterization of the evidence as true.”
Barr went on to try to break down how an investigation works for Harris, but she seemed to put up a brick wall between her and Barr every single time the attorney general opened his mouth.
“I think you’ve made it clear you’ve not looked at the evidence. We can move on,” Harris said.
Changing gears, Harris then tried to say Barr has a “clear bias” and “conflict of interest” in any investigations into the administration going forward.
“Well, you know, I haven’t been the only decision maker here,” Barr fired back. The attorney general went on to say plenty of “senior prosecutors” were involved in the process and they “all agreed” on the final outcome of the Mueller investigation and the decision to not charge the president.
Like most of the Democrat lawmakers who questioned Barr on Wednesday, Harris spent her time behind a microphone not asking legitimate questions that inspire revealing answers, but rather showboating for the cameras. The stunt makes sense since she’s one of the many Democrats who have announced that they will be trying to run against Trump in the 2020 presidential election. That, Sen. Harris, may be what people call a “conflict of interest.”
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