Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence confidant helps 24-year-old beat Trump-backed candidate Pelosi refuses to apologize for accusing GOP of ‘trying to get away with murder’ with police reform bill Democrats block GOP police reform bill amid Senate stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tamped down the possibility that House Democrats could pursue impeachment of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrJustice Department officials say decisions are politicized Judiciary Democrat calls for House to pursue impeachment of Barr Barr to testify in House oversight hearing next month MORE over accusations that he has politicized the Justice Department.
Some Democrats have expressed interest in pursuing impeachment proceedings against Barr after the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday where Department of Justice (DOJ) officials alleged that the agency had taken in political considerations when handling cases against allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rally sparks self quarantine of dozens of Secret Service agents GOP: Trump needs a new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political ground shifts MORE.
But Pelosi suggested that any referendum on Barr should be done at the ballot box in November.
“A hundred and thirty-one days from now, we will have the solution to many problems, one of them being Barr,” Pelosi said during a Washington Post Live event.
“Anyone who saw that testimony will know that Barr is a mess. He’s a disgrace to the Department of Justice,” Pelosi said.
The House voted last year to hold Barr, as well as Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossJustice Department officials say decisions are politicized Barr to testify in House oversight hearing next month Nadler to subpoena AG Barr over Berman firing MORE, in contempt for defying subpoenas related to documents on efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Barr has drawn further ire from House Democrats since then, most recently over the DOJ’s moves to dismiss the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and recommend a lighter sentence for his former political adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJustice Department officials say decisions are politicized GOP House candidate publishes 23-page report claiming George Floyd death was deepfake video Judiciary Democrat calls for House to pursue impeachment of Barr MORE. They also strongly object to the firing of the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, which had been investigating people with ties to Trump.
But Pelosi indicated that she thinks the best path forward is for voters to kick Trump out of office in four and a half months.
“So he is contemptible, there’s no question about that. But at this point, let’s solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day, 131 days from now,” Pelosi said.
Her comments came a day after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJustice Department officials say decisions are politicized House members bicker amid whistleblower hearing Barr to testify in House oversight hearing next month MORE (D-N.Y.) expressed openness to impeaching Barr, after initially dismissing the idea days earlier.
“We’re looking into that, we may very well,” Nadler said on Wednesday. “I think the weight of the evidence and of what’s happened leads to that conclusion.”
Nadler had previously said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he thought pursuing impeachment proceedings against Barr would be a “waste of time” given that Republicans still control the Senate.
Two other Democrats, Reps. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenJustice Department officials say decisions are politicized Congress must act on police reform, don’t let opponents divert the conversation Judiciary Democrat calls for House to pursue impeachment of Barr MORE (Tenn.) and Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellJudiciary Democrat calls for House to pursue impeachment of Barr Push to oust Manhattan attorney sparks fresh crisis for DOJ Democrats pan Trump, Barr over dismissal of US Attorney Geoffrey Berman MORE (N.J.), have called for Barr’s impeachment.
A DOJ spokeswoman said Wednesday that Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late July, where he is likely to be repeatedly pressed on the allegations that the agency has been politicized during his tenure.
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