Jerry Nadler: ‘Bill Barr is Just a Liar. And, He’s Just Representing the President’
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) went all out on Wednesday by speaking of Attorney General Bill Barr as a stooge and a blatant defender for President Donald Trump.
In a broad-range conversation with CNBC’s John Harwood, Nadler offered his takes on the political dynamics surrounding the question of whether Congress should go ahead and impeach Trump. Nadler also defended his recent proclamation of a constitutional crisis by pointing to Trump’s “arrogating all power to the presidency,” his “neutering” of Congress, and his destruction of laws and standard political practices.
As Nadler took further questions about impeachment, he invoked Robert Mueller‘s report and said “there was tons of evidence” that Trump’s campaign “colluded” with Russia since they knew what was happening in 2016 and chose to go along with it. Harwood noted that Barr has joined Trump is proclaiming “no collusion,” to which, Nadler responded “Bill Barr is just a liar. And, he’s just representing the president.”
When Harwood asked Nadler to elaborate, the congressman said Barr is either “doing whatever he has to do to protect the president personally,” or he really thinks the president cannot be charged for obstructing justice as long as Trump doesn’t believe he was deliberately doing something wrong. Nadler called the latter a “tyrannical theory” that would mean “you can’t investigate any president for doing anything. And that he is acting now to protect that point of view.”
“They’re both dangerous,” Nadler summarized. “One would have him being very dishonest, the other would have him being honest but very dangerous to the republic.”
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