House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding her weekly news conference after Attorney General William Barr skipped a House committee hearing this morning.
She just criticized Barr for the testimony he’s previously given to Congress and accused him of lying to Congress — a crime.
“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” she said.
Later, Pelosi was asked bluntly if she believes Barr committed a crime.
She said this: “He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the President of the United States and not the attorney general.”
When asked if she believe Barr should go to jail, Pelosi said “there’s a process involved here” and added that “the committee will act upon how we will proceed.”
The standard for perjury before Congress requires a witness to “willfully” attest to the truth of statements that the witness “does not believe to be true.” Barr obviously lied to Congress about his conversations with Robert Mueller regarding Mueller’s report.
On April 10, in a back and forth between Barr and Sen. Chris Van Hollen over Barr’s March 24 letter, the Maryland Democrat asked Barr, “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?”
“I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion,” Barr replied.
That’s perjury, and Pelosi is correct to characterize it as such.
Of course the DOJ is simply outraged at the sheer incivility of describing the Attorney General of the United States as a perjurer, when his only crime (at least yesterday, probably) is that he committed perjury:
The Justice Department is hitting back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing Attorney General Bill Barr of a crime this morning.
“The baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.
What we’re seeing is Watergate, but with a far less intelligent and more globally corrupt president in the White House, and, more crucially, a Republican party that does not feature a single elected federal official who will resist him in any meaningful way.