Tensions Flare As Attorney General William Barr Spars With Democrats On Capitol Hill
By Fox News // May 1, 2019
Barr: stop using the criminal justice process as a political weapon
ABOVE VIDEO: The job of the Justice Department is over, the Mueller report is in the hands of the American people and there’s an election in 18 months, Attorney General William Barr tells Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
(FOX NEWS) – Attorney General William Barr fired back Wednesday at Democrats who for weeks have called his integrity into question over his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, suggesting during a testy Capitol Hill hearing they were only using the issue to score political points ahead of the 2020 election — and advising that the DOJ’s role in the controversy is now “over.”
“We have to stop using the criminal justice process as a political weapon,” Barr said during a back-and-forth with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Dick Blumenthal.
The exchange was one of several heated moments during Barr’s first hearing — before the Senate Judiciary Committee — since the release of the Mueller report.
The testimony covered everything from Barr’s decision not to pursue an obstruction case against President Trump to process delays in getting a redacted version of Mueller’s report to the public to Mueller’s apparent concerns about how Barr initially relayed his findings to Congress.
The dust-up with Blumenthal came after the senator told Barr “I think history will judge you harshly” and accused him of using his summary of Mueller’s probe to exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice. The senator called Barr the “fall guy for this report.”
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