House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday declared the Attorney General William Barr committed a crime by lying to Congress about a dispute with special counsel Robert Mueller over the findings in his report.
“He lied to Congress,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday. “If anybody else did that it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi made the accusation as the House Judiciary Committee, led by Democrats, weighs a vote to hold Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over to the entire Congress the full, unredacted Mueller report.
Democrats have also seized on a newly released letter Mueller sent to Barr on March 27 in which he complained Barr’s four-page memo on the findings did not accurately portray the contents of the full report, which is more than 400 pages.
Barr told Congress last month that Mueller had no complaints about his summary. The Mueller letter was leaked the day before Barr appeared for questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Barr on Wednesday defended his initial answer to Congress about his discussion with Mueller, noting that Mueller did not call Barr’s memo inaccurate. Barr said Mueller didn’t like the press coverage of Barr’s memo.
Pelosi said she lost sleep over the testimony.
“How sad it is for us to see the top law enforcement official in our country misrepresent, withhold the truth from the Congress of the United States,” said Pelosi.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would ask Mueller if he had any problem with Barr’s accounting of the discussion and would invite him to testify before Congress if he disagreed with Barr.