Stephen Colbert Blasts Bill Barr’s Alleged Lies To Congress

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held her weekly news conference after Attorney General William Barr skipped a House committee hearing.

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary for about five hours on Wednesday, but after Nadler attempted to change the terms of the testimony, including giving time to congressional legal staff to interrogate the attorney general, Barr canceled the scheduled Thursday appearance before the House. Mueller was reportedly frustrated with Barr's initial summary of the Russian Federation report.

Barr, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, said he had a 15-minute phone call with Mueller after the special counsel sent the letter. "To impugn the integrity, reputation, character and competence of Bill Barr...is really rich, including people on Capitol Hill who never seem to be under oath but always seem to have an opinion on things".

Barr's decision to avoid the hearing, made after a disagreement with the House Judiciary Committee over questioning, came the day after the department also missed the committee's deadline to provide it with a full, unredacted version of Mueller's report and its underlying evidence.

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"Yes, when the Attorney General lies to Congress it is a crime".

In Mueller's letter, sent after Barr released his four-page summary and revealed this week, the special counsel wrote that Barr's characterization "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of the special counsel's investigation.

Appearing at a rally in July 2016, Trump had said: "I will tell you this, Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". "Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions", Cohen said. This threatens to undermine a central goal for which the department appointed the special counsel: "to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations".

In a letter to the DC and Virginia bars, Lieu and Rice charge that, in light of Mueller's March 27 letter to the attorney general, Barr "at best misled Congress and at worst perjured himself" when he testified in mid-April - prior to the release of the Mueller report - that he did not know what was behind reports that members of Mueller's team were frustrated.

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President Donald Trump and a senior U.S. House Democrat tightened the screws on U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday over the Mueller report, making new demands on him after an already tough week for the Justice Department chief. But I am going to ask Roberts, will you please look and see what happened? So I don't know if Chris Wallace has information that I don't have, but that he is saying that Barr is perpetuating a lie about this conversation between him and Mueller?

Also at the Senate hearing, the attorney general defended his handling of the Mueller Report and denied claims that he misrepresented the special counsel's findings.

It's not clear what Graham intended when he gave Mueller the opportunity to "provide testimony". Mueller suggested the publication of additional information from the report, including the report's own executive summaries, to explain more about why he decided not to resolve the obstruction issue.

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