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DOJ says tells Nadler ‘no’ to new testimony after rude treatment of AG Barr by committee

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In a stinging rebuke to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a letter to the Chair that it will not be sending additional officials before the committee, as requested by Nadler, because when the committee had the chance to ask similar questions to Attorney General William Barr, “many members of the majority devoted their time entirely towards scolding and insulting the Attorney General.”

“Unfortunately, when given the opportunity to obtain information from the head of the Department of Justice about precisely these matters, many committee members chose instead to use their allotted time to air grievances,” the letter read according to the New York Post.

Barr previously appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on July 28, in a five-hour, wide-ranging and acrimonious back-and-forth with Democrats.

At one point, Barr responded to accusations that he used the Department of Justice to “help Trump’s friends and punish his enemies.”

“What enemies have I indicted? Could you point to one indictment?” Barr asked.

Barr was grilled by Democrats over a variety of topics from the Mike Flynn and Roger Stone cases, to mail-in voting fraud and the handling of violent protests.

In the DOJ refusal to Nadler, the letter cites a New York Times article on the Barr testimony that says Democrats didn’t allow Barr to answer questions, but instead only asked questions to cut off Barr’s replies and insert their own answer.

“The hearing grew increasingly combative as the hours wore on,” wrote the Times. “Democrat after Democrat posed questions to Mr. Barr only to cut him off when he tried to reply, substituting their own replies for his.

“Clearly frustrated, Mr. Barr complained at one point: ‘This is a hearing. I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard.’ At another point, after being reminded he was under oath, he insisted, ‘I’m going to answer the damn question.’”

As a result, the DOJ says it will not be sending more representatives before the committee to be treated like political props.  

“Rather than attempt to obtain information from the department that would assist the Committee in recommending legislation to the House, many members of the majority devoted their time entirely towards scolding and insulting the Attorney General. These members refused to allow the Attorney General to respond to their accusations or to answer questions asked for rhetorical effect,” said the DOJ to Nadler in the letter explaining their decision.

The letter was signed by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd, in response to Nadler’s request for testimony from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington.

“41 days before the election,” Nadler responded on Twitter, “Mr. Barr is trying to pick a fight with the Committee in an attempt to change the subject from the President’s disastrous handling of the pandemic, and set a new standard for sheer arrogance and open contempt of Congress. We will plan accordingly.”

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    LMB September 22, 2020

    Jerry! Pull your pants up a little higher and tighten your belt!

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    Jim Weatherly September 22, 2020

    You had your chance and wouldn’t let him answer you are a disgrace to the United States Congress looking forward to you being voted out

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    WJH September 22, 2020

    I watched that 5 hour cluster f+ck. The most disrespectful congressional committee ever witnessed. would not even let the AG go to the head.

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    Watcher September 22, 2020

    DOJ has the right idea….IGNORE GONADLER!

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    Watcher September 22, 2020

    If he did that he wouldn’t need to wear a mask.

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    Mike Lenahan September 22, 2020

    The Democratic Congress is Rude and ineffective.
    What progress have they made in improving our country within recent Years ? The answer is None . All they want k do is impeach , stall , and crest chaos

    We. We’d people that care about this Country, and want to make it prosperous for All. Instead they want to lead us down the road to Marxism and Communism.

    No Thanks!!!

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    A. D Roberts September 22, 2020

    Pick a fight? I saw cuts from the inquisition. The common words were, ‘reclaiming my time.” They asked NO QUESTIONS that they wanted answered. They had SPEECHES written out that they were reading from. And when he tried to answer, they KNEW that any answer would cause them to exceed their time limit. The speeches were written to take the entire time.
    I still cannot understand why he did not just get up and walk out. They would not even let him have a BATHROOM BREAK.

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    James Konenchne September 23, 2020

    Nadler called the doj rude and arrogant? He should go back and look at the tape of that hearing. I was never more embarrassed for the United States of America than I was after watching that . The Democrats made complete asses of themselves

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    CRR September 23, 2020

    I watched the Dems discussing display of hateful spew toward the Attorney General. Nadler and his minions don’t deserve another minute of DOJ, time. They squandered their opportunity on showboating. They wouldn’t even allow Mr. Barr a requested break. Let’s Vote these bad actor Dems out of office!

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    robertgoodman September 25, 2020

    The democrats are ruining this country. Their agenda is hate President Trump

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    Pamela Ward September 28, 2020

    Mr. Barr was baggered! No one should have to sit through that type of treatment. Glad Barr isnt allowing anyone else to have to respond to such a demeaning committee.

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