Watch: Lindsey Graham Tried To Clear Trump’s Name At Barr Hearing And It Completely Backfired
On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he was questioned about the release of the Mueller report.
During the hearing, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to clear Donald Trump’s name by attempting to make Barr admit that the president did not commit obstruction of justice. But the complete opposite happened.
Barr told Congress that no underlying crime is necessary in order to indict the president of the United States for obstruction of justice.
“Okay. So very quickly, give us your reasoning why you think it would be inappropriate to proceed forward on obstruction of justice in this case,” Graham asked.
“Generally speaking,” Barr replied, “an obstruction case typically has two aspects to it. One, there’s usually an underlying criminality aspect to it.”
“Let’s stop right there,” Graham interrupted. “Was there an underlying crime there?”
Barr agreed that there was no underlying crime in this case.
“Usually there is,” Graham said confidently.
“Usually,” Barr interjected. “But it’s not necessary. Sort of the paradigmatic case is there’s an underlying crime and the person or people indicated concerned about that criminality being discovered take an inherently malignant act, such as destroying documents.”
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