White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has slammed Democrats for their treatment of Attorney General William Barr and their unwillingness to move on from the Mueller report.
In a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Sanders said Democrats are obsessed with finding President Donald Trump guilty of crimes the Mueller report prove he never committed. She said despite this obsession, the administration has been as transparent as they can be.
“We’ve been transparent this entire process,” Sanders said. “We’ve put forward dozens of people to talk with the special counsel, 1.4 million pages of documents, we’ve been fully transparent.”
The press secretary said it’s time for Democrats to “move on” and “actually fix real problems.”
“This thing is over,” she said. “It’s time for Democrats to move on. They can’t continue to drag this thing out and continue to put the American people through this. Look, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. Now they need to come together and work with the president to actually fix real problems.”
Sanders said it’s clear the White House can’t work with Democrats on solutions to illegal immigration, but there are a few points Democrats and Republicans can come together on.
“They’ve shown they aren’t capable of working with us on immigration, but maybe they could help on infrastructure or lowering prescription drugs,” she said.
Source: Fox News
Barr chose not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, a decision that has earned him an incredible amount of criticism from some Democrats. Some have even threatened to hold the attorney general in contempt.
Barr’s objection to testifying before Congress was that members of the House Judiciary Committee said the attorney general would be questioned by the committee’s staff, rather than Congress members themselves.
Department of Justice spokesman Kerri Kupec called Nadler’s hearing demands “inappropriate” in a public statement explaining why Barr was not willing to appear before Congress members.
“The Attorney General testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for over five hours,” Kupec said. “The Attorney General also voluntarily released the Special Counsel’s confidential report with minimal redactions to Congress and the public, made an even-less redacted report available to Chairman Nadler and congressional leadership (which they have refused to review), and made himself available to the Committee by volunteering to testify this week. Unfortunately, even after the Attorney General volunteered to testify, Chairman Nadler placed conditions on the House Judiciary Committee hearing that are unprecedented and unnecessary.”
After skipping out on the House hearing, Democrats unloaded on Barr. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) even said in a press conference that Barr is “one of the most dangerous men in Washington D.C.”
Though he did not appear before the House Judiciary Committee, Barr did testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. The appearance led to a handful of fiery exchanges between the attorney general and Democrat senators who feel Barr misled the American public about information in the Mueller report.
Sanders said Democrats “embarrassed” themselves during the hearing with Barr.
“The attorney general sat for five hours yesterday, and answered every question put in front of him,” Sanders said. “He was willing to sit down again with the House…the Democrats have changed the rules in the middle of the game. They took a vote yesterday, a special vote in order to allow staff to question the attorney general. He is a cabinet member for the president of the United States. And this is a straightforward oversight hearing in which members of Congress should be able to ask those questions.”
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