Pelosi Claims AG Barr Was ‘Not Forthcoming’ – Even Though Democrats Wouldn’t Let Him Answer Their Questions

By Craig Bannister | July 29, 2020 | 12:03pm EDT
Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Even though House Judiciary Committee Democrats repeatedly cut him off, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Attorney General Barr for being “not forthcoming” in his testimony Tuesday.

Pelosi made the accusation in an interview with MSNBC when she was asked to comment on Barr’s appearance before the committee. Pelosi went on to call the attorney general “despicable” and “vague” in his answers:

“His inconsistencies about sending -- not sending law enforcement in when people invaded really the legislature in Michigan and then saying because demonstrators are out on the street, that's violent. But it wasn't violent for people to go in with guns into the legislature in Michigan. So the inconsistency of it all.

“And the fact that he was, shall we say, not forthcoming in his rejecting any thought that he would talk politics as the attorney general with the president of the United States. This is very serious. Ninety-eight more days to go and he was even vague about stepping aside, as if it is clear. Clear to whom? Clear to the American people, the results of the election are the results of the election. He doesn't have to qualify it. I just thought he was despicable and so beneath the dignity of an attorney general.”

During the hearing, Democrats repeatedly refused to allow Barr to answer their questions by either interrupting him or declaring “I am reclaiming my time.”

"This is a hearing; I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard," the attorney general said after Committee Democrats actually accused him of interrupting and being disrespectful.

Pelosi went on to call Barr “a blob” and “henchman” for President Donald Trump:

“So this -- it's really -- he was like a blob. He was like just a henchman for the president of the United States instead of the attorney general of the United States of America.”

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