Pelosi accuses Barr of lying to Congress: "That's a crime"

Representative Doug Collins, the House Judiciary Committee's top Republican, said Mr Barr did not appear before that panel because Mr Nadler had insisted on an aggressive format with an extra hour of questioning from its own lawyers, in addition to those from the committee's lawmakers. "But if the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse".

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Barr of lying to Congress.

Earlier this week, Sanders suggested Nadler resign over the very reason Barr refused to show up: The chairman wanted committee staff attorneys to question the attorney general.

In his letter to Barr, Mueller wrote, "The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office's work and conclusions".

Graham said he was giving Mueller a chance to confirm that account, if he wants to, inviting him to provide testimony "regarding any misrepresentation by the attorney general of the substance of that phone call".

"If anybody else did that", Pelosi said, referring to Barr's testimony in a press conference on Thursday, "it would be considered a crime".

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In a letter to Barr, House Judiciary Chairman Nadler set the 9 a.m. Monday deadline for Barr to comply with the subpoena demanding the unredacted report, as well as underlying evidence from the Mueller probe.

It stems from Barr's decision to communicate Mueller's main conclusions of his two-year investigation in a four-page letter.

Even before Mueller's probe ended, federal prosecutors in NY had implicated President Trump in ordering his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to violate federal campaign finance laws.

Mr 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 Mr Trump committed obstruction of justice, but pointedly did not exonerate him.

"I do not believe Attorney General Barr lied", said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

In written responses to Mueller's investigating team, Donald Trump had said his statement, jokingly addressed to Russian Federation, was made "in jest and sarcastically", which should have been obvious to "any objective observer". The Mueller report documents three separate occasions when Trump demanded a Justice Department investigation of Hillary Clinton. "Now that he's in the middle of the aftermath of the Mueller investigation, he's obviously being pinned down to more specific answers to very specific questions, and that is obviously proving to be more problematic for him".

  • Sonia Alvarado