Kirsters Baish’s Opinion| This week, Attorney General William Barr made a promise to the American people to “uncover” the origins of the Justice Department’s investigation into allegations of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. Barr explained that Americans will finally know the truth about “exactly what happened” during the 2016 presidential election cycle.
“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 reported.
“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he stated.
“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 explained to Hemmer.
“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he continued
The Attorney General’s announcement came just hours after he met with House Speaker, California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, on Capitol Hill, asking her in a joking matter if she “brought her handcuffs.”
“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 said to reporters earlier in May. She insisted, “That’s a crime.”
The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt last week 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,” he added.