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Politics Pelosi: A.G. Barr 'has deeply damaged the rule of law'

13:25  14 february  2020
13:25  14 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Pelosi called Barr a “sad disappointment to our country” and said that he has “stooped to such levels.” She was referring to the Justice Department's She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating “once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law ” by “engaging in political

Pelosi called Barr a “sad disappointment to our country” and said that he has “stooped to such levels.” She was referring to the Justice Department's She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating “once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law ” by “engaging in political

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rebuked Attorney General William Barr on Thursday for his role in reducing the proposed sentence of Trump associate Roger Stone earlier this week.

"A.G. Barr has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ's sentencing recommendation, the act of interference in Trump's retribution against [the] lead attorney in the Stone case," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference.

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Pelosi asked. “ AG Barr has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation.” A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Pelosi called Barr a "sad disappointment to our country" and said that he has "stooped to such levels." She was referring to the Justice Department's decision to overrule career prosecutors and propose a reduction in the sentence for Stone. The reversal, announced Tuesday, prompted all four prosecutors to withdraw from the criminal case.

"The American people deserve better," Pelosi said. "This is not what America is about. It is so wrong."

She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating "once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law" by "engaging in political interference" in the sentencing of Stone.

The speaker's comments come a day after it was announced Barr would testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31 amid numerous concerns from Democrats about his actions as head of the Department of Justice.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., claimed Attorney General William Barr " deeply damaged the rule of law " by withdrawing the Department of Justice's

They say Barr has agreed to appear before the House judiciary committee at the end of the month. He is certain to be questioned over what pressure, if any House speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that Barr “ deeply damaged the rule of law ”. She added: “The attorney general has stooped to such levels.

Democrats said in a letter to Barr on Wednesday that they plan to ask him about the change in the proposed sentence for Stone. Pelosi has called for an investigation into the change, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked that the DOJ's inspector general look into what occurred.

Barr has refused to cooperate with House Democrats in the past. Last May, the attorney general skipped a Judiciary Committee hearing on then-special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference. In July, the House voted to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for obstructing a probe into the administration's failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Pelosi was asked Thursday whether House Democrats were considering impeaching Barr, but she said only that Democrats were focused on protecting and defending the Constitution by impeachment the president. She added, "There's so much malfeasance of the people in the executive branch right now."

Asked at his weekly news conference Thursday whether Trump was interfering in the Stone case, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, "No, the president is not interfering, because if you listen to the Department of Justice, they made the decision before the tweet ever went out."

Noting that Barr has agreed to testify before the Judiciary Committee, he said there is "no issue here."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats frustrated over the Senate’s acquittal of President Donald Trump are pushing their oversight efforts toward the Justice Department and what they call Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to politicize federal law enforcement. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020. file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington.

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