US Attorney General William Barr pledged this week to reveal the origins of the DOJ’s probe into allegations of Russia-Trump collusion. He said Americans will eventually know exactly what happened during the 2016 presidential election.
“In his first interview since becoming attorney general, Barr spoke to ‘America’s Newsroom’ host Bill Hemmer during a visit to El Salvador for meetings with law enforcement officials. In pointed terms, he fired back at Democrats who have castigated him over his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report — calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s charge that he lied to Congress ‘laughable’ and dismissing an attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress,” Fox News reports.
“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” Barr said.
“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr hints Hemmer.
“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” says the attorney general.
Earlier this week, Barr assigned John Durham, the US Attorney in Connecticut on Monday night to conduct the inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.
Barr had jokingly asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, if she ”brought her handcuffs” during a face-to-face meeting at Capitol Hill.
“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,” Pelosi told reporters earlier this month. “That’s a crime.”
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt, after Barr refused to meet with Democrats to further discuss Robert Mueller’s ”no collusion” final report.
“We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith,” Mr. Nadler said. “But the attorney general must make a choice. Every one of us must make the same choice. That choice is now an obligation of our office.”
“The choice is simple: We can stand up to this president in defense of the country and the Constitution we love, or we can let the moment pass us by,” Nadler added.