WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr lied to Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
“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. That’s a crime,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference.
When asked for clarification, Pelosi said: “He (Barr) lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
DoJ spokesperson Keri Kupec blasted Pelosi’s comments.
“Speaker Pelosi’s baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false,” Kupec said in a statement to Fox News.
Barr told Congress last month he was not sure if Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III agreed with the contents of a four-page memo Barr wrote that summarized the key findings of Mueller’s 400-plus page report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
Barr sent the memo to the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees on March 24.
The Department of Justice released a redacted version of the report on April 18.
The report said Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction of justice had occurred.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Mueller wrote Barr to notify him he had misgivings about the contents of the memo.
Barr was grilled for eight hours Wednesday during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He told the committee he had offered Mueller a chance to review the memo but Mueller declined.