House Judiciary Committee Hints Criminal Charges Against William Barr For Lying To Congress
On Wednesday evening, we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr a month ago, accusing him of intentionally misrepresenting the Special Counsel report with his four-page “summary.”
Not only does this mean that Barr is in a huge political and professional quagmire, but it also means he committed crimes. Now it looks like the House Judiciary Committee is targeting him for criminal charges.
By deceiving to the American people and then lying to Congress under oath to cover up Trump’s crimes, Barr clearly committed obstruction of justice.
Barr may think he can spin his way out of this legal hole. But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is already gearing up to drop the hammer on Barr.
“I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. ‘Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.’ Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter,” Nadler tweeted Wednesday night, clearly pointing out that Barr committed perjury.
While perjury is considered a lesser crime in most contexts than something like obstruction of justice, it’s a straightforward charge that’s far easier to prove.
During the Mueller probe, we saw various people cut plea deals on all charges once they realized they’d been nailed for perjury, because that’s not something they could have beaten at trial. In this instance, Robert Mueller’s letter is a smoking gun that proves Barr guilty of perjury.
I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. “Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter. https://t.co/IiK5zJYtAS
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 1, 2019
Should the House Judiciary Committee issue a criminal referral to the DOJ against William Barr right now, it wouldn’t go anywhere at the moment, considering that Barr is currently in charge of the DOJ. But it would set up a situation where Barr can be criminally charged the minute he’s no longer Attorney General.
At his point, Barr has a choice of negotiating his resignation in exchange for immunity, or sticking it out with the knowledge that he’ll go to prison after his term is over. Nixon’s Attorney General went to prison under similar circumstances. Unless Barr is counting on a Trump pardon, he’ll need to cut a deal soon.
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