According to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Attorney General William Barr is “one of the most dangerous men in Washington D.C.”
Lieu is one of many Democrats unhappy with the fact that Barr chose not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Barr was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but he declined an invite from Congress because he would have been questioned not by actual Congress members, but rather by staff.
During a Thursday afternoon press conference with other Democrat lawmakers, Lieu made the ridiculous statement that Barr is dangerous.
“Attorney General Barr is one of the most dangerous men in Washington D.C. for three reasons,” Lieu said in his opening remarks.
The Democrat lawmaker then offered three reasons why his extreme statement was true.
“First, he intentionally mischaracterized the Mueller report, he was then told by Robert Mueller that he mischaracterized the Mueller report and instead he continues to mislead the American people,” said Lieu.
The congressman is not the first Democrat to make this argument, but the argument doesn’t really hold water. While Robert Mueller may have objected to Barr’s summary of his investigation, he never accused the attorney general of hiding anything from the report. This means that no matter how the report was characterized, the conclusion is the same: the president is not guilty of collusion.
“Second, today he ignored the oversight responsibilities of Congress and lawfully issued subpoenas,” continued Lieu.
Again, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Barr was clear about his reason for not testifying before Congress, but he’s not hiding or ignoring anyone. He even testified and held up under some pretty ridiculous questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Lieu’s last reason had nothing to do with the Mueller report, but instead touched on Barr’s position on healthcare.
“Third, right now he is suing to eliminate your healthcare coverage. Let’s not forget light now he is suing in court to eliminate preexisting conditions healthcare coverage and taking health care coverage away from millions of Americans. We in Congress will reign him in. We will hold him accountable,” said Lieu.
The congressman also tweeted a picture of the empty chair Barr would have sat in had he decided to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. In the tweet, Lieu said Barr was likely still “recovering” from being questioned by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) the day before — she and Barr had a fiery exchange.
“This empty chair for Bill Barr at @HouseJudiciary Committee speaks for itself. Wonder what #Barr is doing instead?” wrote Lieu.
He then added, “A. Reading the evidence that he hadn’t read. B. Suing to eliminate pre-existing conditions coverage. C. Lying in bed recovering from @SenKamalaHarris questioning.”
This empty chair for Bill Barr at @HouseJudiciary Committee speaks for itself.
Wonder what #Barr is doing instead?
A. Reading the evidence that he hadn't read.
B. Suing to eliminate pre-existing conditions coverage.
C. Lying in bed recovering from @SenKamalaHarris questioning. pic.twitter.com/eOzY4ZRC0g
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 2, 2019
Lieu has also said that the House Judiciary Committee could start contempt proceedings against Barr next week. He even retweeted someone sharing his words on holding Barr in contempt.
If Barr doesn’t turn over the report, Judiciary Committee could start contempt proceedings as soon as next week, Rep @tedlieu says.
— Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) May 2, 2019
This is an especially strange thought from the congressman since the entire Mueller investigation is over. Lieu and other Democrats are trying to create crimes where there are none. They are unwilling to accept the fact that a criminal investigation into collusion between Russian and President Donald Trump found nothing. Questioning Barr again and again about the results of an investigation that has ended — and was overseen by another person — is just wasting Americans’ time and testing their patience.
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