Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tore into Attorney General William Barr during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on moving forward with a vote to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.
“The attorney general has been contemptuous of this committee and of the Congress. He was contemptuous last week when he didn’t come, he was contemptuous this week when he would not bring papers,” said Cohen — who recently came under criticism for bringing a bucket of fried chicken to the hearing Barr failed to appear it in an attempt to mock the attorney general.
“All cases in the past where such issues have been raised by grand jury testimony, the attorney general has gone with the majority party, the chairman, to the district court and asked that that information be released to the committee for its purposes,” he continued. “This attorney general has not done that… There’s been nothing reasonable from this attorney general.”
Cohen went on to call out Barr’s release of the Mueller report summary that did not, as the lawmaker noted the special counsel objected to the four-page letter:
“[Barr] knew Mr. Mueller objected to it for not being an accurate representation of his work and yet he did it. And when asked about it by Mr. [Charlie] Crist in committee, he had no idea that Mr. Mueller or anybody in the Mueller special counsel investigation would have objected. That’s not true. He lied when Mr. Crist asked him that question. That’s beyond contempt. That’s a lie.”
The Tennessee congressman also had words for President Donald Trump. Cohen said that POTUS “would be in prison with Michael Cohen today as individual one” if he had not been elected.
“We are in danger!” he added, pounding his fist. “We need to respond and we need to act for the people of the United States of America.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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