Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Thrilled With Barr, But Some Aides Think Performance Was 'Shortsighted'

Trump Thrilled With Barr, But Some Aides Think Performance Was 'Shortsighted'

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, concluded there was insufficient evidence to show a criminal conspiracy and opted not to make a conclusion on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, but pointedly did not exonerate him.

The House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress if he does not comply with a new Monday deadline for providing special counsel Robert Mueller's full, unredacted report on his Russian Federation probe and some underlying materials. Graham has been firm that he would not bring Mueller in to testify about the investigation, but he said at the end of Wednesday's hearing he would instead write to Mueller to give him the chance to respond.

The special counsel's testimony is highly anticipated following the release of a redacted version of his report on the Russian Federation probe.

The stand-off heightened tensions sparked by Mr Trump's refusal to comply with House investigations, with some senior Democrats hinting a continued blockade could nudge them closer to impeachment.

After a stormy hearing in Congress on Wednesday, Barr took flack from multiple directions for his alleged determination to protect Trump at any cost.

Ms Pelosi increased tensions further in a reference to the attorney general's testimony last month.

Former FBI director James Comey, whose May 2017 firing by Trump precipitated Mueller's obstruction investigation, suggested Barr sold his soul to work for the administration.

The feud with Barr has animated Democrats and temporarily shifted attention away from impeachment - and by extension, the party's divisions over whether to pursue it.

The New York Times reported that Trump had unsuccessfully tried to fire Mueller through McGahn.

Critics maybe should not have been surprised. In other words, he's a card-carrying member of the Washington Establishment, as was Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"The president of the United States wants desperately to prevent Congress - a coequal branch of government - from providing any check whatsoever to even his most reckless decisions", Nadler said.

He was also a rising figure in the Federalist Society and politically active Catholic groups in the USA capital, from where the most recent conservative justices on the Supreme Court have been chosen.

"By deceiving Congress and the American people, who vested their trust in both the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice at large, Attorney General Barr must be subject to a professional review for the sake of the legal profession and the public", the lawmakers said.

Barr leaves his house in McLean, Va., on Thursday, the day he declined to show up for a House committee hearing.

But the department generally has pushed back on any suggestion that Barr lied to Congress, calling those allegations irresponsible and inaccurate. It emerged on Tuesday, however, that when Barr said this, he was already in possession of a 27 March letter from Mueller outlining the special counsel's frustrations. Trump's personal lawyers filed lawsuits this week opposing all three subpoenas.

Veteran of numerous tough legal battles, Barr remained unperturbed. Trump wanted to know whether the semiretired Barr was "envisioning some role here", but Barr said he wasn't.

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