A House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on oversight of the Department of Justice was marked by searing accusations and explosive interruptions from the very beginning, as Democrats and witnesses accused Attorney General Bill Barr and his agency of putting politics over the rule of law.
In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., excoriated Attorney General Bill Barr — who was not at the hearing, but is set to testify next month — accusing him of a “clear and dangerous pattern of conduct” of shielding President Trump’s associates and undermining cases stemming out of the Russia investigation.
Nadler cited the DOJ’s motion to dismiss Michael Flynn’s criminal case, but ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pointed out in his opening statement that earlier in the day the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that Flynn’s case should be dismissed and ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to toss the case.
Jordan also defended Barr for speaking out against actions that took place under the Obama administration during the Russia probe. He noted that Nadler would not call DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to testify before the committee after Horowitz wrote in a lengthy report that FBI officials made significant omissions and inaccurate representations to the FISA court in seeking a warrant to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser.
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