Obstruction is the new collusion: Nadler doesn't mention Russia but threatens to subpoena Barr

Mail Online | 3/25/2019 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
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The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that 'yes,' he is willing to subpoena Attorney General William Barr to explain why he didn't charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice after he read Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited final report.

Democrats have long claimed Trump obstructed justice by asking his then-FBI director, James Comey, to back off a counterintelligence investigation into Gen. Mike Flynn, who had briefly been his national security adviser before his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. put a harsh spotlight on him.

Obstruction - Trump - Decision - Comey - Acknowledgment

They also see obstruction in Trump's decision to fire Comey later on, and his public acknowledgment that the FBI's pre-Mueller Russia probe was a principal reason.

In a brief press conference, New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler demanded the release of Mueller's entire report and blasted Barr as a partisan who had his mind made up about obstruction before his Senate confirmation last month.

Barr - Role - Memorandum - Obstruction - Investigation

Barr, he said, 'auditioned for his role with an open memorandum suggesting that the obstruction investigation was unconscionable and that it was almost impossible for any president to commit obstruction of justice since he's the head of the executive branch.'

Barr did draw that conclusion in an unsolicited memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year, long before he was considered a potential replacement for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

'Mueller - President - Submit - Interrogation - Obstruction

'Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction,' he wrote then.

Nadler's remarks, briefly interrupted by a heckler who called him 'a loser,' steered clear of Russia talk but suggested a new focus for Democrats now that Mueller's report has cleared Trump and his campaign of the never-substantiated allegation that they colluded with Russia to impact the 2016 election.

Obstruction - Collusion

Instead, obstruction is the new collusion.

Nadler said Barr's conclusions 'raise more questions than they answer,...
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