Kirsters Baish| On Wednesday, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi questioned Attorney General Bill Barr and his “independence” from the President, according to the Associated Press.
Pelosi claimed that Barr looking into Trump’s claims that the Obama administration had spied on his 2016 presidential campaign “undermines” his role as the United States’ head law enforcer.
The Associated Press reports:
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, the California Democrat said she was “very concerned” about Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the campaign and accused Barr of doing Trump’s political bidding in his testimony at a Senate hearing.
“He is not the attorney general of Donald Trump. He is the attorney general of the United States,” the House Speaker told the Associated Press. “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.”
Attorney General Barr is facing immense pressure as he prepares to release his version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which is nearly 400 pages long. Pelosi insisted that Capitol Hill must see the original document.
On Wednesday, the Attorney General explained that he is planning on releasing his redacted version of the document within the next week. Pelosi stated that it’s only a “matter of time” before the public sees the full report.
“We will see it,” she insisted.
Via The Associated Press:
During Pelosi’s 30-minute interview in her Capitol Hill office, she took stock of the Democrats’ first 100 days as the House majority in the new Congress. And despite harsh words for Trump and his advisers, she still spoke hopefully of working with him on key issues — including lowering prescription drug prices — where the two share common goals.
At the same time, Pelosi vowed to keep up relentless Democratic oversight of the administration. And she did not fully close the door on impeachment proceedings, despite having recently dismissed efforts by liberal colleagues by saying Trump’s “not worth it.”
“My view is that impeachment is very divisive in the country, and when we see what we need to see it may be imperative that he be impeached. But up until then, he’s not worth it,” Pelosi continued.
A lot is depending on what Mueller’s team found.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Barr testified in front of a Senate panel that he feels “spying did occur” on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
The Associated Press explains, “Trump and other critics of the Russia probe claim that the precursor to Mueller’s investigation was launched during the Obama administration by officials abusing their surveillance power. Mueller was appointed special counsel by Trump’s Justice Department.”
Pelosi stated that Attorney General Barr’s comments “undermine the Constitution and his role in the Justice Department,” the Associated Press reports.
Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec would not comment on the matter.
When questioned about what would make the Democrats happy, Pelosi stated, “I’ll be satisfied when we have a new president of the United States who is a Democrat.”
On Wednesday Pelosi insisted, “Let us see the report.”
“The fact is the president has engaged in activities that are unethical, un-American. … In every way he is unfit to be the president of the United States,” she continued. “Is that an impeachable offense? Well it depends on what we see in the report. I set a very high bar for impeachment because I think it’s very divisive in the country and one of our purposes is to unify, as our founders gave us guidance, e pluribus unum, from many one.”