Sanders: Nadler has no choice but be 'conciliatory' toward Barr amid feud
- Author: Jon Douglas May 04, 2019,
May 04, 2019, 1:04
She said no one should be surprised by what Barr is experiencing, as Democrats refuse to admit they were wrong with their allegations of Trump-Russia collusion.
House Democrats insisting on using staff lawyers to question Attorney General William Barr during a since-scuttled hearing appearance looked "like a bit of a stunt", according to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
"I think that that's probably the only step that Nadler has, is to be conciliatory", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters outside the West Wing.
Moreover, officials told the Washington Post, "when Barr pressed [Mueller] whether he thought Barr's letter was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not, but felt that the media coverage of the letter was misinterpreting the investigation".
The report detailed extensive contacts between Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow and the campaign's expectation that it would benefit from Russia's actions, which included hacking and propaganda to boost Mr Trump and harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
White House legal counsel Emmet Flood, in an April 19 letter to Mr Barr obtained by Reuters on Thursday, said Mr Trump's decision to let advisers cooperate with the Mueller probe did not extend to congressional oversight investigations.
Nadler's committee is also interested in having Mueller testify, with the chair stating Thursday he hoped it would take place in May. McGahn also said that the president subsequently wanted him to make a statement that the report about the incident was untrue.
"I don't know whether Mueller supported my conclusion", Barr said, despite having received Mueller's letter two weeks earlier. Nadler subpoenaed the entire document a day later. Mr Barr cancelled his testimony after clashing with Mr Nadler over the hearing's format. She criticized Barr for the testimony he's previously given to Congress and accused him of lying to Congress - a crime. Nadler narrowed his offer in a new letter to Barr on Friday, saying the committee would limit its request for underlying materials to those directly cited in the report. Before Mueller filed his report, it was possible to imagine the president being brought to justice.
Flood says Mueller's comments that the president could not be exonerated on obstruction of justice "do not belong in our criminal justice vocabulary", and says Mueller and his staff "failed in their duty to act as prosecutors and only as prosecutors".
"I do not believe Attorney General Barr lied", said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.